2019 Africa Games: Rabat Agog For Opening Ceremony

first_imgThe opening ceremony of the 2019 African Games will hold later today at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, signifying the commencement of Africa’s version of the Olympics.Although events such as beach volleyball, football and judo have already taken place, Tuesday, 20 August marks the first proper day of competition with boxing, handball, rowing, snooker and table tennis all scheduled to begin at the tournament which will run until 31 August.Morocco offered to host the Games when Equatorial Guinea pulled out over financial problems last year and thus marked their return after a politically motivated 40-year absence stemming from their ban – lifted in 2017 – by the African Union in 1978 over a territorial dispute over Western Sahara. Rabat 2019 general manager Abdellatif Obbad told Radio France International: “Considering the time we had to organise and welcome all these countries- it is a big operation. It is a challenge that we have embraced, and we will succeed.”A record 7,000 athletes from 54 nations are expected to compete in 26 sports with the following events – Athletics, rowing, canoeing, karate, swimming, weightlifting, beach volleyball, tennis, cycling, judo, wrestling, taekwondo, table tennis, fencing, sports shooting, archery, badminton and triathlon serving as qualifiers for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Nigeria will be represented by 462 athletes and officials at the Games with the country competing in athletics, football, table tennis, tennis, wrestling, weightlifting, badminton, judo, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe-kayak, chess, cycling, gymnastics, golf, handball, karate, rowing, shooting, swimming, basketball, handball and taekwondo.At the Brazzaville games in 2015, Nigeria fielded 573 athletes and officials in 21 sports as the country finished second with 47 gold, 55 silver and 42 bronze medals behind Egypt which had 85 gold, 64 silver and 65 bronze medals. Already, Morocco leads the medal table with a total of 10 medals made up of 2 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals.Nigeria has so far recorded a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in the men’s football event last Friday while the women spanked South Africa 3-0 a day later. In the beach volley event, both male and female teams fell at the quarter-final hurdle.Seventeen venues will be used in total, with the cities of Casablanca, El Jadida and Khemisset playing hosts to athletes alongside Rabat. The closing ceremony on 31 August will also be staged at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.RelatedSuper Falcons Qualify For 2019 All Africa GamesFebruary 18, 2019In “Africa”12th All-Africa Games: Aigbogun Picks 18 for Rabat 2019August 12, 2019In “Africa”2019 African Games: Nigeria Volleyball Federation Lists Four For Beach VolleyballAugust 15, 2019In “Volleyball”last_img read more

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Milan-Arsenal Clash Headlines UEL Last 16 Draw

Arsenal have been handed a tough draw after they were paired with former European champions AC Milan in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League (UEL).Milan will host Arsenal in the first leg at the San Siro on March 8 before the return leg scheduled for the Emirates Stadium on March 15.The aforementioned clash was the standout tie after draw was held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon on Friday morning.In the pick of the other ties, favourites Atletico Madrid will face Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow while Borussia Dortmund battle RB Salzburg for a place in the quarter-finals.The first leg and second leg ties will take place on March 8 and 15 respectively.UEL Last 16 Fixtures:Lazio vs. Dynamo KyivRB Leipzig vs. Zenit St. PetersburgBorussia Dortmund vs. RB SalzburgCSKA Moscow vs. Olympique LyonOlympique Marseille vs. Athletic BilbaoSporting Lisbon vs. Viktoria PlzenAtletico Madrid vs. Lokomotiv MoscowAC Milan vs. ArsenalRelatedUEL Last 32: Arsenal To Face Swedish Side OestersundsDecember 11, 2017In “England”Arsenal Beat Milan To Take Charge Of UEL TieMarch 8, 2018In “Europe”Arsenal Survive Milan Scare To Book UEL Last Eight SpotMarch 15, 2018In “Europe” read more

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IAAF urges caution over Semenya inter-sex claims

first_imgThe governing body for world athletics has urged caution over reports that world-champion South African runner Caster Semenya has both male and female sexual organs.The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia and The Sun newspaper in Britain reported that gender tests ordered by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) show the 18-year-old is a hermaphrodite.Neither paper named the source of their information. IAAF spokesman Nick Davies would not discuss the findings with CNN. “I simply haven’t seen the results,” Davies said.“We have received the results from Germany, but they now need to be examined by a group of experts and we will not be in a position to speak to the athlete about them for at least a few weeks.“After that, depending on the results, we will meet privately with the athlete to discuss further action.”Has Semenya been treated fairly?The IAAF issued a statement, saying no decision on the case will be announced until the experts can look at the results. A final decision regarding the case is not expected before the IAAF Council meets in late November in Monaco, the IAAF said.Davies also said the news reports should be treated with caution. The newspapers said extensive physical examinations of Semenya show she has no ovaries, but rather has internal testes, which are producing large amounts of testosterone.“Our legal advice is that, if she proves to have an advantage because of the male hormones, then it will be extremely difficult to strip the medal off her, since she has not cheated,” Davies told CNN.Semenya won the women’s 800-meters gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin last month.She crushed her rivals by streaking away to secure victory in 1 minute, 55.45 seconds — the best women’s time in the world this year. Defending champion Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya took the silver and Jennifer Meadows of Britain claimed bronze.The IAAF said it was seeking tests on Semenya’s gender even before that race. Davies said questions about her were first raised after her astonishing displays at the African junior championships in July, with her masculine build and surprising performance fueling the rumors.Semenya’s father and the South Africa team manager maintain the athlete is a female.Thousands of supporters crammed the airport in Johannesburg when she returned from Berlin last month.And this week, the athlete appeared on the cover of a South African magazine wearing makeup, jewelry and a glamorous dress. Under IAAF rules, any time there is suspicion about an athlete’s gender, the athlete can be asked to attend a medical evaluation before a panel consisting of a gynecologist, an endocrinologist, a psychologist, an internal medicine specialist and an expert on gender issues.There are chromosome tests and scans of the athlete’s body, Davies has said. He called gender verification — which is generally required only for female athletes — “an extremely complex procedure.”The process of gender verification has undergone big changes since it was first introduced for international competition in the 1960s, the IAAF said.The first mechanism involved “rather crude and perhaps humiliating physical examinations,” which soon gave way to mouth swabs to collect chromosomes, the IAAF said.There were too many uncertainties regarding the mouth swabs, so the IAAF abandoned them in 1991 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) discontinued them in 2000, the IAAF said. A proper test has yet to be found, the IAAF said, and the current round of tests is considered a good interim solution.Source: CNNlast_img read more

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Taco Charlton on Cowboys: ‘We will get to see who is right and who is wrong’

first_imgDallas owner Jerry Jones criticized Charlton shortly after the team moved on from him.”I think we always got to realize on the motivation — we depend on motivation,” Jones recently told local radio station 105.3 The FAN. “The game does. … You got to be unique to even play in the NFL (from a) talent standpoint. But still, it requires a really extended motivation. When you’re on the defensive line, it asks more from you than the other positions in terms of being motivated, in terms of fighting through. Just the nature of the activity on the defensive line suggests fighting through.”It’s usually fighting through pain. It’s usually fighting through really serious obstacles with all those big offensive linemen. And so you have to be eating raw meat to be a defensive lineman in my mind.”  Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders after loss to Packers: ‘We’re living in a world of suck’ Doug Pederson on dropped passes vs. Lions: ‘We have trust in our players’ Here is extended quote from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, discussing on @1053thefan how he believes Taco Charlton’s competitive temperament impacted his development. Charlton, a 2017 first-round pick, was waived Wednesday. Now on Dolphins. https://t.co/Cap7ZSgV9U pic.twitter.com/5khMQKezeK— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 20, 2019Miami claimed Charlton and he registered two tackles and a sack in the loss to his former team. 🌮🌮🌮Taco Charlton records a sack against his former team! @TheSupremeTaco #FinsUp #MIAvsDAL📺: FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch FREE on mobile: https://t.co/qnNxI5gZ8j pic.twitter.com/3azp4XdxDD— NFL (@NFL) September 22, 2019The Dolphins have been one of the worst teams in the NFL this season and dropped to 0-3 on Sunday. They’ll face the Chargers in Week 4. Brian Flores says quarterback Josh Rosen was ‘all right’ in first start with Dolphins Taco Charlton is hoping to prove the Cowboys wrong. Charlton, now a member of the Dolphins, discussed being waived by Dallas last week after his team fell to the Cowboys, 31-6, in a Week 3 matchup Sunday.  “On the field, if you go three years down the line, we will get to see who is right and who is wrong,” Charlton said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It is on me now.”Taco Charlton: “On the field, if you go 3 years down the line, we will get to see who is right and who is wrong. It is on me now. “— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) September 22, 2019The Cowboys originally selected Charlton out of Michigan with the No. 28 pick in the 2017 draft. But, he underperformed in Dallas, recording four sacks in 27 games before being released. Related Newslast_img read more

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Picture special: Community Inclusion Hub is officially opened in Letterkenny

first_imgThe Community Inclusion Hub on the Kilmacrennan Road, Letterkenny was officially opened by Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath on Wednesday.  The Hub is part of the HSE Donegal Community Inclusion Training Services. The service has transitioned from a Community Workshop model to a person centred approach to day service provision for people with disabilitiesPerforming the official opening Minister McGrath stated ‘I am delighted to be here today to open this Hub.  In order to have meaningful community inclusion for people with disabilities, the community must be included in the process and educated around disability.  This is part of the purpose of the Hub.  This Hub will empower service users with the necessary skills to live full and meaningful lives as equal citizens of their local communities.’ The Hub serves as a meeting point for service users, a place of planning and preparation for the events of the day ahead.  Programmes and activities are no longer delivered within the confines of the building.  Support is provided for service users to get to know people in their community, to live and work in the community, to access local services and facilities, and to contribute to community life and community associations.This service mobilises a range of community supports so that service users have the widest choice and options about how they live their lives and spend their time.The Hub was completed in 2016, following a capital investment of €930,000 to refurbish the building. €780,000 was spent on the internal upgrade/reconfiguration and €150,000 was spent on external fabric upgrades including new roof and increased insulation and replacement of heating systems.A core group of 52 Service Users use the Hub on a daily basis; 25 of these have a base in the HUB, from which they access various programmes and activities in the Community. A further 27 service users from Community Inclusion Services,  Ballyraine come to the Hub to avail of classes and recreational activities.  A number of community groups also avail of the Hub including the North West Alcohol Forum, and other disability groups and HSE groups such as the Early Intervention Team.  Community and disability awareness events for businesses, families and professionals are also provided.Meliosa McDevitt, Service User spoke regarding her experience of the Hub ‘Some of my personal goals are health and fitness related.  I have so far taken part in a 5k, the North West 10k and a Mud Run.  I organised a Mad Hatters Tea Party fundraising event with the support of my friends in the CI Hub. I am also trying new activities, classes and experiences and trying to increase my independence.’Brendan Hone, HSE Donegal Training Services Manager said: ‘This is an exciting time for Community Inclusion Training Services in Donegal. The Hub is more than a refurbished building. It is a gateway to the community.“It is a modern service that can respond to diverse individual needs.  We do this through our person centred training programmes, individually tailored support plans and events to raise awareness in the local community. We are extremely proud of the changes we have made to date, which would not have been possible without the support of our dedicated team of staff, our service users and their families.”Lisa McDaid, Modernise Service Manager, Seamus Gibson, Vicki McGill and Terry McDermott show the facilites to Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath at the official opening of Community Inclusion Hub Kilmacrennan rd., Letterkenny by Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath. The Hub is part of the HSE Donegal Community Inclusion Training Services. The service has transitioned from a Community Workshop model to a person centred approach to day service provision for people with disabilities. Photo Clive WassonGuests at the official opening of Community Inclusion Hub Kilmacrennan rd., Letterkenny by Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath. The Hub is part of the HSE Donegal Community Inclusion Training Services. The service has transitioned from a Community Workshop model to a person centred approach to day service provision for people with disabilities. Photo Clive WassonMinister for Disabilities Finian McGrath speakin at the official opening of Community Inclusion Hub Kilmacrennan rd., Letterkenny. The Hub is part of the HSE Donegal Community Inclusion Training Services. The service has transitioned from a Community Workshop model to a person centred approach to day service provision for people with disabilities. Photo Clive WassonMartin Mullin, Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath, Vicki McGill, Lisa McDaid, Modernise Service Manager and Brendan Hone, HSE Donegal Training Services Manager at the official opening of Community Inclusion Hub Kilmacrennan rd., Letterkenny by Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath. The Hub is part of the HSE Donegal Community Inclusion Training Services. The service has transitioned from a Community Workshop model to a person centred approach to day service provision for people with disabilities. Photo Clive WassonMC, Martin Mullen gets a hight five from Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath at the official opening of Community Inclusion Hub Kilmacrennan rd., Letterkenny by Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath. The Hub is part of the HSE Donegal Community Inclusion Training Services. The service has transitioned from a Community Workshop model to a person centred approach to day service provision for people with disabilities. Photo Clive WassonAt the official opening of Community Inclusion Hub Kilmacrennan rd., Letterkenny by Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath. The Hub is part of the HSE Donegal Community Inclusion Training Services. The service has transitioned from a Community Workshop model to a person centred approach to day service provision for people with disabilities. Pictured with the Minister Finian TD are service users and seated from left are Brendan Hone, HSE Donegal Training Services Manager, Calum Nugent, Minsiter Finain McGrath, Martin Mullen, MC and Lisa McDaid, Modernise Service Manager. Photo Clive WassonStaff from the Community Includion Hub at the official opening of Community Inclusion Hub Kilmacrennan rd., Letterkenny by Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath. The Hub is part of the HSE Donegal Community Inclusion Training Services. The service has transitioned from a Community Workshop model to a person centred approach to day service provision for people with disabilities. Photo Clive WassonPicture special: Community Inclusion Hub is officially opened in Letterkenny was last modified: March 31st, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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