The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), will roll out the red carpets today for its investiture ceremony on deserving Nigerians at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja starting from 7 p.m.The second leg of the investiture which comes after the Lagos leg held at the Palace of Oba Elegushi two weeks ago will see six eminent Nigerians honoured.According to the Public Relations Officer of the NOC, Tony Ubani, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar; Wife of Kebbi State Governor, Zainab Bagudu; Former NFA Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima; Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba Gyang; Former NOC President, Major General Adamu Dyeri (red); and Alhaji Bashari Mohammed Gumel; will become the cynosure of all eyes when President of NOC, Habu Gumel welcomes them into the Olympic family. ”These eminent Nigerians together with those honoured earlier in Lagos will become the torch-bearers for NOC and Nigerian sports in general. We’ve monitored their philanthropy and passion for sports and have therefore decided to bring them to the fore to move Nigerian sports to the next level,” Secretary General of NOC, Hon. Tunde Popoola said.Chairman of the Investiture Committee, Prince Henry Amike said that security has been beefed up at the venue.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Neymar proved the inspiration once again as Brazil gave themselves the best chance of avoiding a semi-final with Spain by topping Group A with a dramatic victory over Italy in Salvador.The 21-year-old lit up the Arena Fonte Nova with a spectacular second-half free-kick while striker Fred scored twice to set the Selecao on their way to a third straight win in the Confederations Cup.Substitute Dante had prodded in to give Brazil the lead on the stroke of half-time, only for Emanuele Giaccherini to bring Italy level with a fierce shot early in the second half.Neymar then produced his moment of magic, before Fred appeared to put the game beyond Italy with 23 minutes remaining.Italy, however, came roaring back with a controversial and scrappy goal from Giorgio Chiellini. The Azzurri had the better of the final quarter of the match but Brazil made certain late on when Fred pounced as Gianluigi Buffon failed to hold Marcelo’s shot to send the stadium into raptures.The result means Brazil are likely to meet Uruguay in a semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday. Italy face the prospect of a last four meeting with world champions Spain in Fortaleza, 24 hours later. Much too had been made of the battle between two of the world’s most gifted young players in Neymar and Mario Balotelli. Both were forced to ride some fierce, physical challenges throughout the game but underlined their immense talent with outstanding displays at either end.Brazil looked a side bristling with menace in the early exchanges. Hulk’s rasping low shot forced Italy captain Buffon into a smart save.The importance of winning the game and avoiding Spain in the semi-finals was evident from Brazil’s formidable starting line-up. The dead leg that forced David Luiz off the field will be cause for concern, although it appeared more of a precaution for the Chelsea defender. It mattered not. His replacement Dante, from Bayern Munich, made an almost immediate impact just before half-time.Neymar delivered an inviting free-kick which Fred headed goalwards and forced an instinctive low save from Buffon. The ball rolled clear, however, and Dante was on hand to prod it back into the net at the near post.Brazil keep their records intactThe win for Brazil means they have not lost to Italy since the 1982 World Cup finalBrazil have still not lost a competitive game at home for 40 yearsItaly would not lie down, though. Their response stunned the stadium into silence as Giaccherini raced on to Balotelli’s delightful flick before firing an unerring shot beyond Julio Cesar. Neymar then struck after being dumped on his backside on the edge of the penalty area. The stadium held its breath as the Barcelona new boy lined his free-kick up, took two steps and curled the ball over the wall and beyond Buffon’s left hand. The Arena Fonte Nova erupted and fireworks exploded in the skies around the stadium.Balotelli’s then thumped a dipping free-kick at goal from all of 40 yards that required Cesar to claw it away from under his bar but it was Brazil who scored next to extend their lead.Fred latched onto a long ball forward, held off Chiellini and steered his shot high into the net. And yet with the game all but over, Brazil allowed Italy back in.The hosts failed to clear a corner effectively as Marcelo grappled with Balotelli, the ball ran to Chiellini and he rolled a scrappy shot into the bottom corner to give the Azzurri hope. Brazil fiercely contested the awarding of the goal and claimed the referee had blown his whistle for a penalty, a moment before it was scored.Joy had given way to tension by now as Italy attacked. And yet Brazil would have the final word as Fred was on hand to thump in after Buffon saved Marcelo’s shot to keep the hosts on course for a possible final with Spain in Rio.
21 Mar 2013 England Golf Partnership welcomes new school sport funding The England Golf Partnership (EGP) has welcomed the government’s £150m-a-year boost for primary school sport. Golf is already a popular sport in schools and it is hoped that the new funding will help to get more children playing the game and encourage even closer links between schools and golf clubs. The new funding arrangements, part of the Olympic Legacy, include: • Ring-fenced money to go directly to primary schools where head teachers will decide how to spend it. • A greater role for Britain’s sporting and voluntary organisations, including National Governing Bodies, to increase the specialist coaching and skills development on offer for primary schools. “This is very positive news and provides an exciting opportunity for golf, which already has a strong presence in schools,” said Roger Moreland, the EGP’s chief operating officer. The Partnership brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the PGA to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England. The most recent School Sport Survey, in October 2010, showed that 44 per cent of schools in England delivered golf; an increase from 14 per cent in 2004 The Golf Foundation is an established force in schools through its HSBC Golf Roots programme, which has led to 39 out of 46 English counties including golf in their School Games in the current academic year. This includes training for young volunteers to help run the events and links to golf clubs where many of the events are held. The Foundation also works closely with the EGP’s network of County Golf Partnerships to foster links between schools and golf clubs and to encourage youngsters to progress to membership. Brendon Pyle, the Foundation’s development manager, commented: “We have a very good structure in place with Tri-Golf in primary schools and support for PGA Coaches to work in schools and, through our new Junior Golf Passport, offering children a pathway into learning at the golf club. “It is also significant to note that funding has now been allocated to Sportivate and Satellite Club projects for young people below the age of 14 down to 11. Golf Xtreme will form the basis of a new and exciting informal offer to this age group. “Through HSBC Golf Roots we have been able to show that golf can be easily adapted to schools and help to develop skills for life in young people. It’s not just about playing, it’s about integrity and developing personal and social skills.” The County Golf Partnerships (CGPs) develop links between schools and golf clubs, which are able to take advantage of a host of initiatives to support junior golf. These include the GolfMark for junior and beginner-friendly clubs, which has now been awarded to over 600 clubs; the National Skills Challenge which makes practice fun; and the Junior Organisers’ Handbook which guides those running junior sections. The CGPs also work closely with the County Sports Partnerships which will help schools link up with local coaches, clubs and sports governing bodies. Richard Flint, the England Golf development manager, added: “Golf is very well placed to help primary schools offer the best possible sporting experience to children. This is a time of great opportunity for all.” Caption: Charge! School children take part in the Golf Foundation’s HSBC Golf Roots programme.