Govt to launch its biggest investigation of sex abuse in sports

South Korea will hold its largest-ever investigation into sexual abuse in sports, its human rights watchdog said on Tuesday. The move has come after an Olympic speed skating star accused her former coach of abuse to trigger a wave of similar accounts from athletes. The inquiry will aim to address “systematic, sustained” abuse in sports. This had been hushed up for generations by victims afraid of being banished from their sport, said Choi Young-ae, chairwoman of the National Human Rights Commission. “We will conduct a fact-finding inquiry that will be…

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Sports, Western media and propaganda

Since a couple of years, I was saying that this will be the best World Cup ever. Today I can say it even more, with more conviction… It is the best World Cup ever. The Russian people, a big, big thank you to Russia. A big thank you to the Russian government, President Vladimir Putin, of course, the organising committee, the Russian Football Union, everyone who was involved in this country to make sure this World Cup would be the best ever. The World Cup has changed the perception of…

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Sports in a loaded, challenging New Year

The New Year 2018 is a very challenging year for the sports sector. This is because many of the competitions to be competed for by the country’s athletes need proper planning, adequate funding and good preparations. We are aware that the country’s sports administrators are used to late preparations which, over the years, have affected the country’s fortunes in continental and global competitions. We hereby charge the Federal Government to direct the Ministry of Sports to steer the ship of the sector better in the New Year. The Africa Nation…

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Kida advocates special concession for sports

President of the Nigeria BasketBall Federation, Musa Kida, has called for a special concession for sports in the country. Kida told our correspondent that nobody would wait for Nigeria at major competitions whether there was funds or not to participate at such events. “It is true that sport is very special in the sense that it has some form of timing but it isn’t flexible most of the time,” he said. “So clearly a world tournament is not going be postponed just waiting for Nigeria. African organisers will not postpone…

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Man City seal signing of Madrid right-back, Danilo, for £26.5m

Manchester City have completed the signing of Real Madrid’s Danilo on a five-year contract for a fee of £26.5m after the two clubs reached an agreement over the transfer of the Brazilian defender in midweek. The 26-year-old will join up with his new team-mates on their tour of the United States after agreeing personal terms and passing his medical at the Premier League club. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola views Danilo as a versatile player, who can operate at left-back and in defensive midfield, as well as at right-back. His…

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Zenith B’ball League: First Bank, Dolphins win again as 1st phase ends

The first phase of the National Women’s Basketball League sponsored by Zenith Bank ended on Monday in Abuja with favorites First Bank and Dolphins maintaining winning streak. A total of 18 teams from various parts of the country took part in the competition which started on April 10 at the Package B Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Abuja. However, three top contenders maintained an unbeaten run so far in the league series which is expected to continue in Kaduna from May 1. First Bank, Dolphins and Customs after…

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Oshonaike hails Oribamishe for YOG ticket

African table tennis queen Funke Oshonaike has hailed youngster Esther Oribamishe who won the African Continental Qualification tournament and booked a ticket to 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Despite missing out on participation at the 2017 ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships, Oribamise was in terrific form at the continental qualification event as she beats Egypt’s Marwa Alhodaby in the final in Tunisia on Monday. Victory over Morocco’s Ines Outolla in the last four (11-4, 11-9, 11-7, 11-1) guaranteed a top two finish and the Olympic qualification in the Girls’ Singles…

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Expect war in Rwanda, Amiesimaka tells Rivers

Nigerian football legend, Adokiye Amiesimaka, has warned Rivers United to be prepared for a stiff challenge when they face Rwandan club, Rayon Sports, in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff tie. The Nigerian club eased to a 2-0 win in the first leg at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on Sunday to put themselves in the box seat for qualification for the group stage of the competition. “First, I want to say congratulations to Rivers United FC of Nigeria for an encouraging performance (on Sunday),” Amiesimaka…

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Ekiti increases maternity leave by 4 weeks

Ayodele Fayose

  The Ekiti State Government (EKSG) on Monday announced an increase in the maternity leave period for women in its public service from 12 weeks to 16 weeks. The Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Information, Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Kola Ajumobi, said this at a public enlightenment forum in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. He said that the gesture was approved by the state governor, Mr Ayodele  Fayose, as part of his display of love and special regard for the womenfolk in the state. He said it…

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2018 Games torch relay to begin in Nov

The torch relay for next year’s Winter Olympics will begin in South Korea in November and travel 2,018 kilometres around the country before arriving in Pyeongchang to mark the start of the Feb. 9-25 Games, organisers said on Monday. The flame will be lit in Olympia, Greece on Oct. 24 before coming to Korea for the domestic relay. It would then be taken through 17 cities and provinces by 7,500 torchbearers, beginning on Nov. 1 — the 100-day countdown to the Games, POCOG said in a statement. The identity of…

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