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2022 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Holds Feb. 12




By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja

The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will join other elite races across the world to return as a full race with about 80,000 to 100,000 runners expected to participate in the full marathon and the 10km fun run on February 12, 2022.

This was revealed by Yussuf Alli General Manager Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

The 2021 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City was an elite only race because of COVID-19.

Other elite races like London, Tokyo and others were also elites only races while many races were cancelled.

But since September 2021 label races that were elites only in 2021 or were cancelled have returned as full races with thousands of runners.

They include Berlin Marathon, London Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Boston Marathon and others.

New York Marathon is slated for November 7, other races slated for the latter part of the year and early 2022 are Amsterdam Marathon, Dubai Tokyo, Paris,   Houston and others.

Alli revealed that the World Athletics and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) are excited that the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will return as a full race.

“I also want to use this medium to assure our numerous runners especially the 10km fun runners who came to our office or contacted us on phone, emails and via our website that on February 12, 2022, we will have a full race and that it will include the 10km race. I appeal to intending runners to step up their training”.

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The General Manager also said there will be a world press conference first week of November 2021 to unveil plans for the 2022 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon,

“This is our 7th edition, we are the first marathon in Nigeria to organize a 7th edition. We are also the first race to win a World Athletics Bronze Label in Africa after two editions and the first in the world to win the prestigious Silver Label after four editions. Last year, World Athletics gave us the Elite Road Race Label, we are one of the most sought after elite races in the world, in terms of prize money we rank among the top 10 in the world and in the number of participants we are top five in the world, I could go and on. To achieve all these before our seventh edition calls for celebration and the celebration is not just for staff, sponsors and vendors but for the media and thousands of runners that love and throng our race” said Alli.    

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ITF World Tennis Tour: Nigeria’s Abdulsalam Out in Quarter Finals, South Africa Crowie for Semi Finals




South African Daniel Crowie, on Friday defeated  Muhammad Abdulsalam of Nigeria 6-4, 6-1 to qualify for the singles semi finals in the men’s category at the ongoing J5 World Tennis Championships in Abuja.

The match was played in the second leg of the ITF Tennis world Tour J5 Abuja, which commenced on Wednesday and is expected to end on Sunday at the tennis complex of the Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Abdulsalam said that he made a silly mistake and has learnt his lesson and will try to work on it next year.

“Am not that happy about my loss.

“I wish my opponent best of luck as he rides to the semifinals of the tournament,“ he said.

In another male singles category, David Ekpenyong lost to Mukhtar Andu 6-7, 4-6, 2-6.

Chetanna Amadike of Canada flogged Abubakar Yusuf 7-5, 6-4.

In the female category doubles, the dou of Nigeria’s Rebecca Ekpenyong and Mary Udoffa lost to Romi Cohen of Isreal and Marylove Edwards 0-6, 1-6.

A total of 45 players from Nigeria (host), Canada, US, Israel, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana and South Africa are participating in the championships.

The J5 ITF World Tennis Tour, which started on Nov. 24 will end on Sunday, Nov. 28. (NAN)

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Musa Decries ‘Disheartening’ Insecurity in Nigeria




There have been reports of kidnapping, killings and other sorts of insecurity along roads in the northern part of the West African country

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has called on the Nigerian government to tackle the high rate of insecurity across the country.

According to local reports, armed bandits frequently block the Abuja-Kaduna road to attack travellers, injure and cart away their belongings while some are kidnapped.

Musa, who is back at Fatih Karagumruk after his international duty with the Super Eagles, expressed his concern about the security situation going on in the West African nation.

“It’s shocking to see images and videos of these incidents along Abuja/Kaduna roads. These are people going about their normal business most likely seeking daily bread,” Musa wrote on Instagram, backed with a video from the latest scene of the attack.

“Their safety should be of uttermost importance to the government. I, therefore, seek the indulgence of the authorities to please put an end to these atrocities by any means possible so that citizens can go about their normal lives without fear.

“This has to stop. It’s absolutely disheartening, to say the least.”

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Musa moved to the Turkish Super Lig on a free transfer in July after a brief return to Kano Pillars and he has contributed a goal and an assist in 12 league outings.

The 29-year-old will be expected to shift his attention to Sunday’s league match against Anthony Nwakaeme’s Trabzonspor.

Fatih Karagumruk occupy the sixth spot in the league standings with 22 points after 13 games.

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Port Harcourt Polo Club Set for 50th Anniversary Celebration




President of Port Harcourt Polo Club, Dr Chukwudi Dimkpa, has said that the 50th anniversary of the club, slated for Jan. 9 to 15, 2022, will showcase the tourism potentials of Rivers state.

Dimkpa stated this during an interview with the newsmen yesterday in Port Harcourt.

He said that polo is a game of kings that attracts people from all walks of life, particularly the upper echelon of the society, as the anniversary would be an opportunity to showcase Rivers tourism potentials.

“And whenever you have a tournament like this, the golden jubilee of the Port Harcourt Polo Club, it will be attracting people from all over the world.

“Players from Argentina, Brazil, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ghana and all the clubs under the Nigerian Polo Association (NPA) in Lagos, Kaduna, Ibadan, Kano and the private farms as well will be coming to play.

“So, the best of the best will be in Port Harcourt,” he said.

According to Dimkpa, the tournament is a case of polo styles, as the game goes with a lot of styles.

“You will see a lot of dress styles, people looking fabulous and displaying all sorts of clothes and wears.

“And again, in the evening after the games, you settle down to the best entertainment that you can get in Port Harcourt for that one week.

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“So, Port Harcourt Polo Club is the only destination from Jan. 9 to 15, 2022, for top class polo,” he added.

The President said that Rivers is a tourists destination and the club would showcase to the world that the game is part of the culture of the people of Rivers.

“So, we are going to have cultural displays within the seven days of the tournament.

“We have picked a few of our tribes and also working in partnership with the Seki Dance Troupe of Port Harcourt as well.

“There is going to be a lot of Rivers culture that will be displayed for attraction,” he stated.

Dimkpa, who is Managing Director of Strata Base Group, one of the sponsors of the tournament, said that the anniversary would encourage a lot of people to love polo.

“Polo game is learned, you learn how to ride a horse and progress to play polo.

“It will encourage a lot of people to get onto the horse, start riding and eventually we will get a lot of people interested in the game of polo,” the President said.

Dimkpa boasted that Port Harcourt has the best Polo Club in Nigeria, and the best field in West Africa.

He said that once the weather is dry, Port Harcourt Polo Club is the destination for all polo players.

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The highest handicaps in polo, Bello Buba and Hamisu Buba, that were +4 in Nigeria, would be participating in the tournament.

The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, a +1 player, the President of Nigeria Polo Association (NPA), Tajudeen Dantata, and the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, are expected to be in Port Harcourt for tournament. (NAN)

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