Nigeria joins 187 countries to endorse Paris Convention Against Doping

Nigeria joins 187 countries to endorse Paris Convention Against Doping

        Nigeria has joined 187 other nations to endorse the Paris Convention Against Doping, in a move that underscores a common resolve to deem illegal drug use in sports as unacceptable. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare who led Nigeria’s delegation to Paris, France for the Seventh Session of the Anti-Doping Convention in Sports, disclosed Nigeria’s assent to the document in a tweet from his official Twitter Handle on the last day of the Convention. Mr. Sunday Dare wrote, “Paris Convention Against Doping: 188…

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Minister receives report on Nigeria’s performance at 2019 IAAF World Athletic Championship

Minister receives report on Nigeria’s performance at 2019 IAAF World Athletic Championship

      The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will not shy away from exercising its oversight on sports federation as it pushes for reforms in the running of the sports industry. The Minister, Mr Sunday Dare stated this at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Monday while receiving the report of the Ministerial Committee on the Performance of Nigeria’s Athletes at the Recently Concluded World Athletic Championships, Doha Qatar. The Minister thanked the committee for the level of commitment and patriotism they have exhibited, while assuring that…

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2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup hosting bid: Ministry, NFF Review Progress

2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup hosting bid: Ministry, NFF Review Progress

          The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development ended a meeting with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) late Monday with a resolve to update FIFA on the progress Nigeria has made in the bid to host the 2020 Under-20 Women’s World Cup. The meeting chaired by the Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare, had reviewed the progress made since FIFA’s inspection earlier in the year, with the observation that concerns raised by the world football governing body are being largely addressed. The Minister had told the meeting that…

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U-17 World Cup: Minister charges Eaglets to beat Ecuador

U-17 World Cup: Minister charges Eaglets to beat Ecuador

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has urged the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria to consolidate on their victory in their first match at the World Cup and make Nigeria proud in their encounter with the Ecuadorian side. The Minister while expressing confidence in the team’s ability to perform well, said, “I urge the Golden Eaglets to give their heart and soul to the game. It is a crucial encounter with Ecuador no doubt, but Nigerians are confident in their skills and determination. They must come to…

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U23 AFCON: Sports Minister confident of U23 Eagles’ ability to pick Olympics ticket

U23 AFCON: Sports Minister confident of U23 Eagles’ ability to pick Olympics ticket

PHOTO: Sports Minister is warm handshakes with members of the U23 National team at their Serob Hotel Camp on Friday. Minister of Youth and Sports Sunday Dare is confident that the U23 Eagles would eventually pick a ticket for the Football Tournament of the 2020 Olympics slated for Rio in Japan. The Minister expressed his optimisms when he paid a confidence boosting visit to the team at their Serob Hotel Abuja Camp of the U23 national team on Friday and charged them to do everything within their powers and football talents…

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Sports Ministry secures scholarships for 25 young athletes, to revive Headmasters’ Cup Tournament

Sports Ministry secures scholarships for 25 young athletes, to revive Headmasters’ Cup Tournament

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare has  reiterated the commitment of the ministry to support the development of grassroot sports and the nurturing of talents. Elated with the Ministry’s achievement in securing full scholarships for 25 young athletes in Abuja today, the Minister said to sustain this drive to be able to take in many more, there is a new initiative  to revive the  Headmasters’ Cup Tournament. To buttress this, the Hon. Minister said that the tournament which will involve 20,000 primary schools across the nation…

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CISM World Military Games: Awoyele crashes out, Enomfon, Bello to battle France, Columbia

CISM World Military Games: Awoyele crashes out, Enomfon, Bello to battle France, Columbia

In his first major international outing, Nigeria’s Olakunle Awoyele crashed out 24 – 3 to the more experienced Huang Jiannan of China in the round of 16 of the male -74kg at the on-going Taekwondo event of the CISM World Games in Wuhuan, China. The Chinese player consequently lost 11 – 14 to Russia’s Kriveicheno Nikita in the quarterfinals, in a tournament where there are a participating total of 262 athletes, including 178 males and 84 female, from 47 countries. Turkey’s Katoussi Firas picked up the gold medal in this…

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Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Will Scale Up Youth Programmes- Minister

Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Will Scale Up Youth Programmes- Minister

          Minister of Youth and Sport Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has assured that the Ministry will build on the capacity of programmes already earmarked for the youth and scale them up to reach more beneficiaries in pursuit of government’s objective of employment and wealth creation. The Minister, who addressed participants of N-Power Software at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday during a working visit, promised that opportunities to be created from such expanded programmes will be accessible to all interested youth. Mr….

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NFF moves to bring Arsenal star Saka to Eagles

NFF moves to bring Arsenal star Saka to Eagles

There are plans and moves to lure fast rising Arsenal star Bukayo Saka to play for Nigeria according to the Nigeria Football Federation  (NFF) chieftains. The President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has resolved to do everything humanly possible to convince the 18 year old wing attacking sensation to choose Niger’s ahead of his adopted country England. The General Secretary of the NFF Dr. Mohammed Sanusi who revealed this to SPORTINGLIFE in Abuja yesterday also allayed fears on difficulty in getting Saka to play for his country of…

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Sports Minister approves funds to refund IAAF overpayments  

Sports Minister approves funds to refund IAAF overpayments  

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, Wednesday approved funds to repay IAAF, for the excess fund the World Athletics body mistakenly transferred to Nigeria. The IAAF had mistakenly transferred $150,000 Instead of $15,000 as grants to the Nigerian Athletics body. Tracing the money proved difficult and generated a lot controversy in the country. Taking the bull by the horn, the Minister confirmed this approval via his Twitter media handle Wednesday evening and promised that the money would be refunded as soon as possible. He tweeted; “I have…

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