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Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus.

Tokyo 2020 organising committee member contracts coronavirus

“The organizing committee has identified those who have had close contact with the patient and entered them in home isolation from today, while the floor where the individual worked will be closed off and disinfected,” the committee said in a statement.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wears a protective mask after a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan April 17, 2020. Kiyoshi Ota-Pool via REUTERS

IOC removes Japanese premier’s comment regarding Olympics costs from website

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) removed a comment from its website on Tuesday that referred to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when discussing the financial impact of postponing the Games, following objections from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee.
The giant Olympic rings are seen in the dusk at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan, March 22, 2020. REUTERS-Issei Kato-File Photo

Tokyo Olympics organisers must be flexible if coronavirus vaccine not ready in time –...

The Tokyo Olympics next July will be a “uniquely risky” event, demanding flexibility from organisers amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly if a vaccine has not been rolled out by then, medical experts say.
Toshiro Muto, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Chief Executive Officer, attends a news conference after Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Meeting, during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tokyo, Japan March 30, 2020. REUTERS-Issei Kato-Pool

Japan, IOC set July 23 next year for start of delayed Olympics

The postponed Olympic Games will now begin on July 23 next year and run until Aug. 8, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee said on Monday, as the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to plan for them properly this year.

USAID wants multi-sectoral approach in tackling TB in Nigeria

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has urged the Nigerian government to explore a multi-sectoral approach to locate ‘missing cases’ of Tuberculosis in the country.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin - AFP PHOTO - Sputnik - Alexey NIKOLSKY

Vladimir Putin sacks sports minister over doping saga

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has replaced sports minister Pavel Kolobkov and his predecessor from his cabinet Tuesday following a doping scandal that has seen the country banned from this summer’s Olympics.

2020: Lagos speaker tasks newsmen on unity

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has called on journalists covering the Assembly to be united in a bid to achieve better results in the New Year.
The Executive Council meeting, chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, noted the commitment of Governor Nasir El-Rufai to strengthen the public service and its capacity to deliver quality and responsive public service.

Kaduna governor hails about deputy as ‘super star’ for leadership

Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has described his Deputy, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, as a super star and great capacity for leadership.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has assured organisers of the 2019 Nigeria Ladies Open Golf Championship of his total support to make the event a huge success.

Governor Lalong pledges support for Nigeria Ladies Open Golf Champ

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has assured organisers of the 2019 Nigeria Ladies Open Golf Championship of his total support to make the event a huge success.
President Muhammadu Buhari in his goodwill message to the Esogban by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, joined members of Edebiri family, friends and well-wishes in celebrating an important and respected son of Bini Kingdom’s rich culture and heritage.

President Buhari promises adequate funding for golf, other sports

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Abuja promised that his government would adequately fund the development of golf and other sports in the country.

Abdulhakeem Mustapha-led appeals board decides Esperance ‘CAF Champions League title’ fate today

Tunisian giants, Esperance, will today know if their ‘victory’ over Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco on May 31 ‘controversial’ CAF Champions League final will be upheld or upturned by the Appeals Board led by Nigeria’s Abdulhakeem Mustapha (SAN).

Chamber: Abuja trade fair to feature 45 foreign companies

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) says the forthcoming 2019 Abuja International Trade Fair will feature 45 foreign companies to strengthen businesses, trade and investment opportunities in the country.

Aisha Buhari: John Odigie-Oyegun a complete gentleman

Nigeria’s First Lady and wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has described former national chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who clocked 80 years of age on August 12, as a complete gentleman and a peace maker.
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Femi Kuti, others to perform at AFCON opening ceremony in Cairo

The Organising Committee of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has announced that Nigeria’s legendary Afro-beat singer Femi Anikulapo-Kuti will perform at the opening ceremony of the competition.
The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), organisers of ZUMA Film Festival (ZUFF), has announced that the 2019 edition of the film fiesta will hold on Dec. 1 to Dec. 7 in Abuja.

ZUFF: NFC announces date, calls for film submission

The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), organisers of ZUMA Film Festival (ZUFF), has announced that the 2019 edition of the film fiesta will hold on Dec. 1 to Dec. 7 in Abuja.

Africa’s confab on technology innovation holds in Morocco

As Africa fosters strategies to embrace and move with digital race, a three-day conference on “Technology, Innovation and Society’’ tagged CyFy Africa 2019 has been packaged to discuss the way forward.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

75 political parties pass vote of confidence on INEC chairman

Seventy-five registered political parties in the country, on Monday, passed a vote of confidence in the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, following what they described as successful completion of February 23 Presidential, National Assembly and March 9 Gubernatorial, State Houses of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory, FCT Area Council elections.
4 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has commenced aerial display of its fighter aircraft in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as part of its activities to mark the country’s 58th Independence Day celebration on October 1.

Nigerian Air Force to acquire 18 new aircraft in 2020

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is to acquire additional 18 aircraft by 2020 to boost its air assets.

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Former CBN director urges government to intensify efforts to strengthen nation’s economy

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