Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbere has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the only athlete to have attended the Athletics Diamond Meetings for the 67th time. The 32- years old shared her achievement via her social media handle on Wednesday morning. “A dream made reality through God’s grace and determination.
The Japanese minister of Administrative and Regulatory Reform, Taro Kono has on Friday said: “anything can happen” as regards the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, contradicting the official position of the country’s Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga who assured a ‘safe and secure” tournament.
Mr Kono’s statement comes after the declaration of a state of emergency in 11 regions including Kyoto and Osaka. “Given the coronavirus situation, anything can happen,” Kono, a high-profile former foreign and defence minister, told a press briefing. “The organising committee and the IOC must of course be thinking about back-up plans. The government is firmly preparing for the Olympics and Paralympics.”
The Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare has pledged that the Moshood Abiola national stadium main bowl pitch will be re-grassed and rehabilitated to world-class standards by April 2020. The Minister made this disclosure on Wednesday in Abuja during the handover ceremony of the pitch to the contractor for re-grassing, fixing of scoreboards, and rehabilitation of the main bowl. While handing over the project to the contractor, Dare assured that the feat will bring back the stadium to global reckoning as the citadel of sporting excellence.
A Parisian court has on Wednesday found the former head of World Athletics, Lamine Diack guilty of corruption, and sentenced to four years in prison with two years suspended and a fine of nearly $600,000 in a Russian doping scandal. Diack, 87 led the IAAF for 16 years and was found guilty to have received bribes of over $3 million to cover up Russian athletes' doping and also using the money to help finance Macky Sall's presidential candidacy campaign in 2012.