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Nigeria To Battle U.S., Serbia, Mozambique For Tokyo Olympics

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Nigeria To Battle U.S., Serbia, Mozambique For Tokyo Olympics

African basketball champions, Nigeria, will face Serbia, Mozambique and world number one, USA, in the battle for a spot at the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.

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This was revealed at a brief ceremony held in Switzerland on Wednesday to jump start the Olympics tournament qualification race.  D’Tigress will play in Belgrade after being drawn in group a.

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Nigeria Basketball Federation president, Engr Musa Kida says qualification for the 2020 Olympics is possible, despite admitting it was a difficult draw.

Kida expressed the hope that D’Tigress position as reigning African champions will count when they start the qualifiers.

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I Can Still Come Back To Eagles – Ighalo

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I Can Still Come Back To Eagles – Ighalo

Former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo says he has not closed the door on a return to the Super Eagles.

The Shanghai Shenhua striker reveals he has been getting calls from fans to rescind his decision to quit the national team.

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The former Watford striker is extremely happy at making the 10-man shortlist for the 2019 African Footballer of the Year award.

Ighalo announced his retirement at the end of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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Ighalo was top scorer at the 2019 AFCON with five goals.

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South Africa Withdraws From 2023 Women’s World Cup Bid

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South Africa is no longer in the race to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup tournament because of the country’s current economic instability.

The country’s football association, SAFA, says it wants to focus on improving the women’s game, particularly the fledgling national league, before bidding for another international tournament.

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South Africa is suffering through an economic crisis with several of its parastatal entities in trouble, like electricity, railways and the national airline.  SAFA says spending government money on a sports tournament at this time would likely not sit well with many.

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Russia Banned From 2022 FIFA World Cup And 2020 Olympics Following Doping Decision

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Russia Banned From 2022 FIFA World Cup And 2020 Olympics Following Doping Decision

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has imposed a four-year ban on Russia from all major sporting events.

It means the Russian flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, and football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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But athletes who can prove they are untainted by the doping scandal will be able to compete under a neutral flag.

This ban comes after Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was declared non-compliant for manipulating laboratory data handed over to investigators back in January. It is the most severe punishment yet connected to the cheating scheme, which peaked at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Wada says RUSADA has 21 days to appeal against the ban. If it does so, the appeal will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

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