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Under 20 Athletics: Sports Minister Announces Cash Awards for Each Medalists

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Nigeria Sport Minister - Sunday Dare

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has announced cash awards for Team Nigeria athletes who win medals at the currently ongoing World Athletics U20 Championships at Nairobi, Kenya where 200 countries are competing. Nigeria is 3rd on the medals table.

Sports minister Sunday Dare had charged and promised the athletes before the Championships began that those who do the nation proud will be handsomely rewarded, a statement that has now seen the light of day.

The cash awards announced will see the athletes receive $5000 for Gold, $3000 for Silver and $2000 for Bronze medals.

Already by the end of Day 4, Nigeria had recorded her best outing in history at the Championships with 3 Gold and 2 Bronze medals.

This medal haul has moved Nigeria to third place on the medals table behind the hosts Kenya and surprise package Finland.

Nigeria’s Mixed 4×400m relay team started the gold rush before Imaobong Nse Uko(400m women) and Udodi Onwuzurike (200m men)won the finals of their events in dominant fashion.

Favour Ofili (200m women) and Chinacherem Nnamdi (Javelin) won Team Nigeria’s Bronze medals.

There are expectations of more podium finishes for Team Nigeria in the 4×100m (men and women) and 4×400m (women) relays on Sunday, the final day of the Championships.

Medal-winning athletes of Team Nigeria at the just-concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan were also given cash awards, with the Federal Government tripling the amount the athletes got in previous Olympics.

This is however the first time that athletes to the World Athletics U20 Championships would ever be financially rewarded for their performances.

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Imaobong Uko Signed by Baylor University at Texas

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Akwa Ibom athletics’ teenage sensation Imaobong Nse Uko has been signed by Baylor University, Texas for scholarship and furtherance of her career.

The 17-year-old from Etinan, Akwa Ibom State, is a two-time national 400 metres champion at the National Sports Festival and recently represented Nigeria at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Uko on Wednesday helped Nigeria claim gold in the mixed 4×400 metres relay at the ongoing World Under 20 Athletics Championship in Kenya and will be aiming for another gold medal in the women’s 400 metres final.

A product of the Akwa Ibom Youth Games, Imaobong has been in fantastic form and has attracted several interests from universities in the United States of America.

Fresh from completing her secondary education at the Apostolic Church Secondary School, Ikot Oku Nsit, Imaobong will soon link up with Baylor University.

Daniel Tom Umoette, a certified world athletics coach who has nurtured her, has expressed happiness over the feat while wishing the teenager well in her new phase of life.

“We have been expecting this for a while. I am happy it is a reality. I wish her well.”

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Revealed: WWE Superstars Omos is an Edo Guy

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It was revealed that the WWE superstars Omo is an Edo guy, see his biography below.

Jordan Omogbehin (May 17, 1994) is a Nigerian professional wrestler, currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Omos. He is one-half of the current WWE Raw Tag Team Champions in his first reign. Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, Omogbehin was a college basketball player for the University of South Florida and for Morgan State University. His college basketball career spanned from 2012 to 2015. During October 2018, Omogbehin was announced as signed to train for the WWE.

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Omogbehin was born in Lagos, Nigeria. After his family migrated to the United States, Omogbehin attended and graduated from Atlantic Shores Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Virginia. Through high school, he played basketball and continued in the sport after choosing to attend University of South Florida (USF) from 2012-2014. While in USF, Omogbehin played center position. While in USF, Omogbehin claims to have met basketball legend Hakeem Olajuwan during the USF Bull’s team trip to Houston, Texas during 2014. Omogbehin also played basketball at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland after transferring from USF. He played center position for the Morgan State Bears from 2014-2015.

See why Jordan Omogbehin is an Edo Guy

In Edo state, Nigeria Omogbehin is a typical household name precisely in Esan region. As the first three pronounce “Omo” which means Child.

Jordan Omogbehin is currently fighting in the WWE.

Jordan Omogbehin Vs Brock Lesnar

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Blessing Okagbare Suspended for Doping Hours to Olympics Semi-final Race

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The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Blessing Okagbare for doping few hours to Tokyo 2021 semi-final race.

Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria today has been suspended with immediate effect after a sample collected from the sprinter tested positive for human Growth Hormone.

Growth Hormone is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The Athletucs Integrity Unity (AIU) collected the sample from Ms. Okagbare during an out-of-competition test on 19 July.

The WADA-accredited laboratory that analysed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding at mid-day Central European Time yesterday, Friday 30 July.

The athlete was notified of the adverse analytical finding and of her provisional suspension this morning in Tokyo.

She was scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m this
evening.

The AIU will make no further comment on this matter at this time.

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