AFN Turns to Grassroots, Partners Dynaspro Academy on Kids’ Athletics

first_imgThe Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has vowed to return to schools to development athletics at grassroots level with the aim of unearth talents.The federation also expressed interest to resuscitate the IAAF Kids’ Athletics programme across the country in schools.According to the President of AFN, Ibrahim Gusau, there are conscious efforts by the federation to use the Kids’ Athletics programme to discover talents at grassroots levels. “We are now making frantic efforts at ensuring that we revive the Kids’ Athletics Programme in the country and we want to go back to the grassroots which is the best place to discover the talents raw. We will be going back to schools across the country to promote the programme and hoping that we can unearth athletes that will graduate from the junior level to elite cadre and become world beaters,” the AFN boss said.Also, AFN has approved Lagos-based Dynaspro Sports Academy as its partner on the Kids’ Athletics programme.In a letter by AFN, Dynaspro Sports Academy is expected to project the IAAF-sanctioned Kids’ Athletics Programme across the country.For the coordinator of Dynaspro, Oluseyi Oyebode, the collaboration with AFN became necessary as it is also in tandem with the vision and mission of the academy. “We will try our best to drive the Kids’ Athletics Porgramme in schools across the country and we believe from this kind of initiative we can unearth world beaters from our schools just like it was in those days of Falilat Ogunkoya, Mary Onyali and a host of other stars that came from schools to represent Nigeria at global levels,” Oyebode said.The IAAF Kids’ Athletics created in 2005 is one of the biggest grassroots development programmes in the world of sports.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ja Morant mocks Kendrick Nunn over NBA Rookie of the Year argument

first_imgWhen Morant came across the comment on social media, he responded with a GIF of himself cracking up.— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) April 13, 2020MORE: NBA players send condolences to Karl-Anthony Towns Morant has averaged 17.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game across 59 rookie contests, shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from beyond the arc.Nunn, meanwhile, has averaged 15.6 points, 3.4 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game in 62 contests. He has shot 44.8 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from long distance.On paper, then, Morant would seem to have a sizable advantage over his counterpart. He’s clearly confident in where he stands. Heat guard Kendrick Nunn apparently doesn’t believe Ja Morant has the NBA Rookie of the Year award locked up — an opinion that prompted mockery from Morant on Monday afternoon.Nunn told the Florida Sun Sentinel he deserved the honor because Miami held a 41-24 record before the league suspended its season, compared to a 32-33 mark for Morant’s Grizzlies.last_img read more

Ex-footballer Ferdinand refused pro boxing licence

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand said Thursday he was “disappointed” after being refused a professional licence by British boxing authorities.Ferdinand, coached by former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall, was being backed by betting company Betfair as part of the “Defender to Contender” challenge.“Having been training four to five times a week since announcing the aim of achieving a professional boxing licence and stepping into the ring, it is with a heavy heart that I am hanging up my gloves,” he posted on Facebook.“Despite having never felt better physically or mentally, after notifying the British Boxing Board of Control of my intention to apply for a licence, I have received confirmation that they would not be reviewing my application at this point in time.“To say I’m disappointed by this decision is an understatement,” said the 39-year-old, who also played for West Ham, Leeds and QPR.“Boxing is a physically tough, demanding and dangerous sport,” added the former centre back, who won six Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time at Old Trafford. “I always gave it my utmost respect and never underestimated how difficult it would be. I wanted to show people that it’s OK to have a goal and strive to reach it. It’s important to approach everything with success in mind, and to give it your all, but sometimes things work against you.”Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff changed sports and won his only professional fight over four two-minute rounds against Richard Dawson in 2012. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more