AFN ordinary congress postponed due to COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Due to the severe circumstances caused by the global outbreak of COVID-19, the ordinary congress of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria scheduled for April 24, 2020 has been postponed indefinitely.In a media statement signed by its Secretary General, Prince Adeniyi Adisa Beyioku, the AFN regrets the postponement of the congress convened to among other things discus and approve the training plans for the now postponed 2020 Olympics.                              The Congress was also convened to confirm certain decisions taken by the board of the federation at its last meeting in Abuja in January as well as a review of its constitution.              “We are compelled by the severe situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic to shift the date indefinitely,” said Beyioku in the statement and assured a new date will be announced as soon as it is safe to do so.                                          “There is a notice issued in February in line with the relevant section of the AFN constitution and the notice still subsists,” said Beyioku.              The AFN also advised all stakeholders in the sport to stay safe and follow all medical and social regulations issued by relevant authorities as Nigeria battles to fight the scourge that has so far claimed 12 lives with over 400 confirmed cases.Tags: Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN)COVID-19last_img read more

Newcastle sever ties with Ben Arfa

first_img A Newcastle statement said: ” Newcastle United can today confirm that Hatem Ben Arfa and the club have reached an agreement to terminate the contract between both parties with immediate effect by mutual consent. Newcastle United wishes Hatem all the best for his future.” Ben Arfa joined Newcastle from Marseille in 2010, initially on loan before signing permanently the following summer despite an injury-ruined first season in England. He became a fans’ favourite after a string of spectacular goals and inspirational performances in 2012 and continued to show flashes of his best form. But his attitude and fitness came under question and he joined Hull on loan in September of this season. He made only a handful of appearances for the East Yorkshire club, failing to score and missing a glorious chance in their defeat to Tottenham, and he was substituted in the first half of the defeat to Manchester United. He returns to Ligue 1, a competition he won four times as a young player with Lyon and once more with Marseille in 2010, when he also helped the club win the Coupe de la Ligue. Nice are 11th in the table but only three points clear of the relegation zone, and will look to their new signing to spark an attack which has mustered 21 goals in 19 games this season. Ben Arfa has won 13 caps for France since his goalscoring debut against the Faroe Islands in 2007. Newcastle have released French forward Hatem Ben Arfa ahead of his move to Nice. The Ligue 1 club announced on Saturday they had reached a deal in principle with the 27-year-old, who failed to make an impact on loan at Hull this season before returning to Tyneside. Ben Arfa is due to have a medical in France on Monday before joining Nice on undisclosed terms, but will make the move as a free agent. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Galatasaray want Arsenal legend Henry to play on in Turkey

first_img1 Thierry Henry Galatasaray are interested in signing Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, according to reports in Turkey.The Gunners’ all-time leading scorer has confirmed that he will be leaving MLS side New York Red Bulls after four and a half years in America.Big-spending Ligue 1 sides Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the striker but now Galatasaray are hoping to tempt the Frenchman to Turkey, according to newspaper Fanatik.The 19-time Super Lig champions have managed to land big-name stars like Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba over the past few years and now want to add Henry to their side.It is unclear whether or not the 37-year-old will even continue playing, with retirement an option, and he says he will use the next few weeks to decide on ‘the next chapter’ of his glittering career.And if he decides to play on, Galatasaray are ready to make their move.That would disappoint Arsenal fans, who would love their former striker to return to the club in a coaching capacity.last_img read more

Oprah invited to boost Egypt tourism

first_imgIn a bid to restore Egypt’s tourism image, Egypt’s minister of tourism said he has invited a number of Hollywood stars including Oprah Winfrey to hold shows at Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Minister Adbel Nour said during a press conference that he would not allow Egypt to turn into a cheap tourist destination with low cost programs following the political turmoil that troubled the country last month, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. Starting with Italian travellers, the Minister said other part of the campaign will require the recruitment of Facebook users to publicise Egypt as a tourism destination and invite international travellers to visit the country. Airlines will also play a role in the future of the country’s tourism, with EgyptAir increasing its 23 flights per week to Italy starting from 17 March this year. Mr Nour added that he and his ministry would follow up on its campaign and will attend tourism exhibitions and conferences to promote the glamour of the country’s pro-democracy revolution. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more