Hameed Adio Queries Appeals Committee’s Decision on AFN Â

first_img Former Nigeria track and field international, Hameed Adio and Olu Sule have protested the decision of the Elections Petition /Appeals Committee to annul some elections into the board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) held on June 13,2017 in Abuja.Adio, a member of Nigeria’s 4x100m team that ran in the final at the 1980 Moscow Olympics wants an explanation on why his name was removed for that of erstwhile President of AFN, Solomon Ogba when the Elections Petition /Appeals committee did not receive any petition against his membership of the federation.“I am still at a loss as to why my name was removed because in the committee’s report, only six petitions were received and none was against me,’ stressed Adio.  Athletics observers are flabbergasted by the decision as they felt it amounted to trying to substitute an athlete with another after the start list has been released.“This will qualify for another Eighth Wonder of the world if indeed Adio’s name was removed for another person after he was one of the duly accredited delegates at the June 13, 2017 elections held in Abuja. This is not legally possible because if there is a re-run election as the committee has ruled for the post of the President, it is only those who participated in the first election whose eligibility were not in question via protests or petitions that will still constitute the electorates,” observed Dare Esan, a sports journalist who has covered several international track and field events including eight out of the 15 IAAF World Championships.Also bewildered by the annulment of the election of Patrick Onyedum as the elected South East representative on the board of the AFN is Olu Sule, a former Nigeria triple jump champion.“Why should Patrick be made to pay for the mistake of Imo State,” queried Onyedum who won the election by three votes to one.‘The electoral committee disqualified Professor Ken Anugweje and Charity Opara-Asonze when both candidates presented letters from Imo State, signed by the same person as the authorised delegate for the state but allowed Opara-Asonze to contest the election where she scored zero,” explained Sule.”Charity (Opara-Asonze) was not only allowed to cast any vote because of the problem of who the authentic delegate was to vote at the election. The electoral committee even had to bend backwards to put a call through to Imo State Director of Sports but without success and after waiting for over 30 minutes. The committee was left with no choice than to disqualify both delegates. So why should the Appeals Committee reward Imo State with a bye-election and punish Patrick who was cleared to contest the election as both a delegate and a candidate,” Sule queried.“This is clear injustice and I hope well meaning Nigerians will prevail on the Honourable Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung to ensure justice is done in cases of miscarriage of justice in the decisions reached by the elections petitions/appeals committee. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Commonwealth Office confirms Governor Martyn Roper’s permanent appointment in the Cayman…

first_imgGEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, CMC – The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the United Kingdom has confirmed that Martyn Roper who was appointed interim governor in October, will remain as governor of the Cayman Islands for a full four year term.In a press release, the FCO confirmed Roper’s appointment following a “recruitment competition”.The Governor said he was thrilled with news of the confirmation. “Over the next four years I plan to continue my work strengthening ties between the Cayman Islands and the United Kingdom and helping to ensure that the territory continues to flourish. The UK/Cayman relationship remains strong and close collaboration across a range of areas is showing real results. Local talent and knowledge combined with areas of UK expertise is a powerful combination.”He also noted that ties between Cayman and the U.K. were evidenced  when he joined Premier Alden McLaughlin and a delegation from the Cayman Islands in New York last week, to support the local financial services industry.The Governor added that his office is coordinating new U.K. involvement in policy areas, including Customs and Border Control, the training of the members of the new Asylum Appeals Tribunal, child safeguarding, work to combat sham marriages and support to the new Coastguard. “Being appointed Governor creates a unique and special bond with the people of these Islands. I will do my utmost to support our prosperity and security, defending the Cayman Islands’ interests and ensuring its views are fully understood and explained to the UK Government,” he governor said.last_img read more

Vipers to play Gor Mahia in CECAFA Quarters

first_img Tags: gor mahiaKagame CECAFA Cup 2018vipers sc Vipers have been drawn against Gor Mahia (Photo by Vipers Media)CECAFA Challenge cup 2018Vipers SC (Uga) vs Gor Mahia (Ken)Chamazi Stadium, TanzaniaSunday, 08-07-2018The organizing committee of the CECAFA Kagame Cup 2018 had to invoke the FIFA Fair Play Rule used in the 2018 World Cup to determine Vipers’ opponents in the quarter finals.This was after Rayon Sport of Rwanda and Kenya’s Gor Mahia were both tied on everything at the top of group B.The Kenyan reigning champions were declared group winners on grounds of accumulating fewer Yellow Cards (4) compared to rayon sport, the same rule that eliminated Senegal at the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018.Gor Mahia will now face Uganda’s representatives Vipers on Sunday while Rayon Sport takes on Tanzanian giants and holders Azam FC the following day.In other quarter final games, record CECAFA Kagame Cup winners Simba SC face Djibouti’s AS Port while JKU of Zanzibar will battle surprise package, AS Port of Djibouti.The winner between Gor and Vipers will take on the either Rayon Sport or Azam in the semi-finals.The last and only time Vipers played in the competition, they were eliminated at the quarter finals stage by Simba.The teams that qualified for the quarter finals.-Gor Mahia, Vipers, Azam, Rayon Sports, Simba SC, AS Port, Singida United, JKUQuarter Finals Match Ups:Sunday July 8 -Gor Mahia (Kenya) Vs Vipers (Uganda)-Simba (Tanzania) Vs AS Port (Djibouti)Monday July 9-Azam (Tanzania) Vs Rayon Sport (Rwanda)-JKU (Zanzibar) Vs Singida (Tanzania)Semifinals :-Wednesday July 11Comments last_img read more

Thailand ready to step in for Philippines as 2019 SEA Games host

first_imgOlympic Committee of Thailand (OCT) secretary-general Charouck Arirachakaran said Monday that the Kingdom has the capacity and infrastructure to host the Southeast Asian Games in 2019, if the Philippines pulls out and other countries in the region fail to step in.The Kingdom would be ready to take over the organization of the Games if the Philippines officially withdraws from hosting the 30th Games, he said.ADVERTISEMENT EAC escapes Arellano to claim solo third in NCAA Vietnam and Cambodia, who are the hosts of the 2021 and 2023 editions, need to make a decision to take charge of the 30th edition. If the two nations refuse, Thailand as the next country in alphabetical order will take the place of the Philippines.Charouck said the OCT would step forward only if the Thai government gives the nod.Meanwhile, a few members of the Thai delegation will pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha at the government house this morning before embarking on their trip to Malaysia. Around 404 athletes will take part in the SEA Games, which starts on August 19.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES “Thailand have the potential to host the Games within a span of two years. Besides, the Games doesn’t require an athletes village,” Charouck said during the OCT executive board meeting Monday.“We have provinces such as Chiang Mai and Chon Buri, which have enough competition venues and can accommodate a large number of athletes,” said the OCT official.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLast moth the Philippines said it is dropping the hosting of the 30th SEA Games to be held in Davao City in 2019 to re-channel government resources in favor of the rehabilitation efforts for the beleaguered city of Marawi.However, Charouck said the Philippines must make its withdrawal official during the SEA Games Federation Council meeting on August 17-18 in Kuala Lumpur. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

A Late Take-Off

first_imgEarlier this month, Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer opened its first assembly plant in the US, the biggest market for planes. In contrast, India, which is celebrating the centenary of the first flight in the country, remains the only bric (Brazil, Russia, India, China) nation without its own commercial aircraft manufacturing capability. Considered sophisticated and demanding, aircraft making is a barometer for a country’s industrial prowess.Mahindra Airvan GV8 at the Aero India show in February.A high-powered National Civil Aircraft Development (NCAD) committee hopes to change that shortly. By June 2011, the committee will submit a feasibility report on making a 90-seater regional aircraft. Mumbai-based private firm Mahindra Aerospace and its partner, Bangalore-based National Aeronautics Laboratory (NAL), are expected to announce shortly the commercial launch of a five-seater aircraft they are jointly developing. An aircraft, Airvan GV8, sported the Mahindra brand name at Aero India in February. Mahindra had acquired its Australian manufacturers in 2009. “There is now a momentum in the aerospace sector as the Indian industry is mature enough to handle complex projects,” says V. Sumantran, NCAD member and executive vice chairman of Hinduja Automotive.There are two big reasons for the increased pace of action in the industry. First, the Indian aviation sector is booming. In the last two months, just one private company-Indigo-and the defence sector have been placing orders for aircraft worth $28 billion to foreign companies. The white paper by business consultants AT Kearney said the aerospace and defence budget of the country is expected to cross $100 billion over the next 10 years. Secondly, since 2005, an offset clause introduced by the government mandates foreign aircraft OEMS, such as Boeing and Airbus, outsource a minimum of 30 per cent of a $60 million-plus defence contract to India based companies. Mahindra is setting up a manufacturing unit in Karnataka to make components for the aviation and defence sector. The white paper says that the Tata group already has initial orders of $500 million from the offset clause. It is establishing manufacturing set up in Andhra Pradesh.advertisementEngineering giant Larsen and Toubro also wants to be a part of the nacd while others such as Chennai based MRF and Delhi-based Lumax have announced plans to manufacture aircraft components. Even by the most optimistic estimates, the NCAD’S commercial plane won’t fly before 2017 but a start has been made. “The program will only accelerate from here on,” says Sumantran.last_img read more