First IAAF Bronze Label for West Africa Awarded to Access Bank…

first_img The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Road Race Bronze Label to Access Bank Lagos City Marathon makes the Lagos marathon the first full marathon in West Africa to get an IAAF label.The IAAF accreditation which was announced last week ahead of the 3rd edition of the marathon in February 2018, was the outcome of a successful measurement and certification of the marathon course in line with the Federation’s technical standards.This is a landmark achievement for the city of Lagos and Nigeria at large as it marks the first time a West African country has been awarded the IAAF Label. Of the thousands of marathons which hold every year, only 88 are recognised as IAAF Road Label races by this governing body.This development also affirms the marathon’s position among the world’s top road races such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, Dubai, London, Roma, Paris, Berlin, and others.This accreditation validates the fact that the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is world class. It also shows that Lagos City is certainly on track to achieving its long-term goal of establishing the city as a tourist destination for the world’s elite runners.” The IAAF Label is also anticipated to impact the quality of runners in the 3rd edition of the marathon.This is no small feat, and is due to measures that have been conscientiously put in place towards the planning and implementation of the marathon year after year. The marathon is not only about promoting sports and tourism in Lagos State but also ensuring a healthy community of people.The IAAF Label was introduced in 2008 as a means of designating the leading road races around the world. As such, the IAAF certification comes with stringent conditions which include but are not limited to international elite field, the race course being closed to vehicular traffic, the route being measured to the standard of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), use of electronic timing to generate the results, a specified number of doping tests being carried out and equal prize money for the participants.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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SWAG inaugurates Bono branches, charges sports media to join association

first_img“SWAG should do more than what journalists are currently doing. I am surprised most sports journalists are not members of SWAG because all along I thought you’re an automatic member of SWAG once you become a sports journalist.  “It will help us all to have confidence and deal with SWAG once we know they are under one umbrella, “said Appiah, in a solidarity message.SWAG in making the association vibrant nationwide and mobilise practicing sports journalists under its umbrella, the Association set up the Regional Mobilisation Committee to work on ensuring the sports media are effectively organised under SWAG.SWAG is noted for honouring sports excellence annually through the annual SWAG Awards (the nation’s premier and longest-running national awards) and the prestigious SWAG Cup which is often contested among the top football clubs in Ghana annually. The President of the Sports Writers’ Association of Ghana (SWAG), Mr Kwabena Yeboah has encouraged the sports media in Ghana to endeavour to join the association because of the enormous benefits they stand to gain professionally by signing up to become members of the country’s only professional association of practising sports journalists.Kwabena Yeboah made the remarks last Saturday at the inauguration of the Bono regional branch of SWAG at the conference hall of the Sunyani Technical University.The programme brought together practising sports journalists in the Bono, Bono East, Ahafo regions, and some Executive Council members of SWAG.It was also graced by Black Stars coach, James Kwasi Appiah, and Ghana and Asante Kotoko legend, Samuel Opoku Nti, among other dignitaries.The Bono regional branch is the third regional body of SWAG after the Ashanti and Volta regional branches. It under the interim leadership of Maxwell Owusu Antwi (chairman) Dickson Kwabena Kyere(vice-chairman), Evelyn Nsiah Asare(secretary), Precious Sermevor(Ass secretary), Evans Kwaku Oppong ( PRO), Alhaji Yahaya(Treasurer), Atta Twum Barima(Organiser), Asoma Reagan (Welfare), Ntow Gyan(Executive member), Collins Yaw Suglo(Executive member) and Albert Kofi Diawuo(Executive member) on a two-year mandate after which the branch will go to the polls to elect new executives.Inaugurating the branch, Mr Yeboah said SWAG, as part of its membership drive to bring more professionalism into sports journalism, will inaugurate the Eastern, Western, Northern, Upper East and other branches soon, so that practising sports journalists across the country would benefit from being members of the parent body and by extension the world body, the International Sports Press Association (AIPS). Mr Yeboah said he believed sports journalism had made tremendous strides over the year but believed that a lot more needed to be done by sports journalism through continuous training, mentoring and specialisation which are among the benefits available to members of SWAG.“I keep hearing the level of sports journalism has deteriorated; I totally disagree. Sports journalism is more vibrant today than previous times,” the SWAG president said.The regional sports director of the National Sports Authority, Mr. Yakubu Nasiru, admonished ports journalist to report on other sporting disciplines and also specialise in the coverage of particular sports instead of being biased towards football to the detriment of other disciplines.Former CEO of Asante Kotoko, Samuel Opoku Nti, advised sports journalist to refrain from insults, unnecessary criticism and also the tendency to run down the sports personalities and institutions through their commentaries.Coach Kwasi Appiah said sports journalists play a vital role in the development of sports and shaping society positively, hence he expected more from SWAG and its members.last_img read more

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Clippers sluggish and stagnant in loss to Lakers, but not feeling defeated

first_imgThe Clippers finished with a season-low 12 assists, half of their season average.“They switched a lot. Our spacing was poor,” Coach Rivers said. “Analytically, we’ll get the numbers after the game, but that had to be our slowest-paced game of the year.“I thought I was going to tear my rotator cuff just trying to get guys to just get up the floor …. I just thought the ball stuck tonight for whatever reason. That does not happen very often with us and it hasn’t happened but it did today. In some ways it is probably good for us to see.”Rivers sought out the silver lining in the loss, suggesting there’s knowledge to be gained from a game — with a full lineup — in which things didn’t go the Clippers’ way.“I’ll watch the tape; I probably won’t share it with you, but you always learn,” the 21st-year coach said. “You learn in wins and losses — you’d rather learn in wins, it’s more enjoyable. But I saw a lot of things during the game.“(Assistant coach) Ty (Lue) is my computer and I load him all game, every game. I felt like I was talking to Ty way too much tonight about things that we were not doing. You lose when you do that.”Rivers noted that his team’s offensive issues hindered an otherwise respectable defensive effort, in which they held the Lakers to 44.8 percent shooting and to slightly fewer points than the 114.6 the came into the game averaging.Defensively, if they had it to do again, Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell said they wouldn’t change much. In other words, Avery Bradley’s season-high 24 points against his former teammates were a result of his ability to take advantage of the openings availed to him.“He took 12 threes and made half of them; we have to live with that,” Harrell said. “That’s the coverage we came in the game (with). Wanted to be able to blitz with whoever Lou was guarding, and at that time, he had Avery. And Avery made us pay … You can’t do nothing about it. Hats off to him.”The tape will tell for certain, but Rivers suggested his team could have done something more than tip their hats to Bradley, who made 9 of his 17 attempts overall: “We messed up coverage at least five times, (Avery) had shots that he could roll and take a couple of dribbles before he shot it.”Thanks, in part, to Bradley’s big day, the Clippers also will file this one under the sub-category: Tough To Beat Anyone Three Times In A Row.“It’s hard to beat any team three times in this league, y’all know that,” said Paul George, who led the Clippers with 30 points, only two of which came in the fourth quarter. “They beat us in the third game … They were the team that really wanted it.“We have to play them one more time,” he added, referencing the final regular-season clash April 9. “Life goes on. We’re not down about it. Just keep it rolling.”PreviousClippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Lakers center Dwight Howard defends during the first half of an NBA game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on March 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsKawhi Leonard of the Clippers guards Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) LeBron James of the Lakers celebrates his basket and a Clippers foul during a 112-103 Lakers win at Staples Center on Sunday, March 8, 2020 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Lakers center Dwight Howard defends during the first half of an NBA game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 4Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Lakers center Dwight Howard defends during the first half of an NBA game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Expand LOS ANGELES — File under Good Things Come To An End: Lakers 112, Clippers 103.Doc Rivers’ squad had surged into its third game against the Lakers this season having reeled off six consecutive victories and won all 10 games that it played with a fully healthy roster.Those streaks are kaput, thanks to LeBron James and friends, who relished spoiling their co-tenant’s fun with a spirited effort Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. “They came out with more juice,” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said. “You beat a team twice, you gotta expect that third time you play them … We gotta give them a lot of credit. They took it personal.“It’s one game, of course,” Beverley added. “Living in L.A., man, it’s hard to deal with this loss, but we have to wash it down the shower, keep getting better, and we will.”The Clippers (43-20) slipped further behind the Western Conference-leading Lakers (49-13) in the standings because they couldn’t figure out how to pick up the pace against an aggressive defense.“I feel like our pace was slow tonight on the offensive end, felt like we were in mud, just moving a little bit slow, or just timid at times,” said Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, who finished with 27 points on 9-for-18 shooting, to go with eight rebounds and, for the first time this season, no assists.“So give them credit, they came out and played a great game, they were aggressive all night.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Pochettino looking towards Fiorentina ‘final’ after FA Cup disappointment

first_img Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino looking towards Fiorentina ‘final’ after disappointing FA Cup loss 1 Mauricio Pochettino is disappointed to be out of the FA Cup but has urged his young side to focus on Thursday’s ‘final’ against Fiorentina.The Tottenham manager praised the effort of his team in their 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace, saying a reduced schedule is no consolation.With the loss at White Hart Lane, Spurs are free to pursue the Europa League and Premier League where they have tough games to come beginning with the Italian side.“We feel very disappointed because [the FA Cup] was a competition that was very exciting for us to go far but we are in a very tough period and every game seems like a final,” the Argentine said.“We need to be ready for next Thursday as we have another ‘final’ [against Fiorentina in the Europa League’s round of 32]. The next game is the most important now.”Dele Alli and Josh Onomah were two players who came close to scoring for Tottenham, but Pochettino explained it counts for nothing if you don’t win.“Dele played well even though opponents tried to provoke him but there is nothing to complain about. We had good chances to win [against Palace].“Against Fiorentina we ran seven kilometres more. [And] our effort was bigger than Crystal Palace’s, but it is about winning or not.”last_img read more

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