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Heritage Bank, Para-Powerlifting Body Task Stakeholders on Healthy Athletes

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo has tasked stakeholders in the sports industry to key into the vision of the bank to help build a generation of healthy and strong athletes as well as set a platform that will continue to create, preserve and transfer wealth and talents across generations.The MD made the remark at the grand finale of the just concluded 2019 Lagos International Para-Powerlifting Championship hosted by the Lagos State Government.Sekibo who was represented by the Divisional Head, Corporate Communications of the bank, Fela Ibidapo noted, “At Heritage Bank, we understand the importance of sports as an essential part of education, national development and a unifying factor in our diverse cultural setting. “Hence, our vision as a generational bank; is one poised to help create, preserve and transfer wealth across generations” in all spectrum of life.”Nigeria emerged the overall winner of the competition, winning the 20 gold medals on offer to assert her world dominance in the sport. Team Nigeria also won 15 silver and 7 bronze medals, making a total of 42 medals.Cote d’ Ivoire and Cameroon also registered their names in the invitational tourney with three bronze medals each, while Ghana went home with two bronze medals.Other countries that participated in the championship were Guinea, Tanzania and Mali.Reacting to the athletes performance, National Coach of the Nigeria Para Powerlifting team, Feyisetan Are, said that he was elated by the athletes performance.Are said that he did not expect anything less from the athletes, while commending them for doing the country proud.The coach said that effort would be made by the federation to develop the rising talents who took part in the championship. “I must say that the future of powerlifting in Nigeria is bright, the upcoming athletes really proved their worth in the championships and we will continue to nurture them to stardom,” he reiterated.last_img read more

Holt: Semenya deserves respect, admiration, not skepticism

first_imgUsually when an 18-year-old wins the gold in the 800 meter run at the World Track and Field Championships, she is celebrated. When her mark of 1:55.45 is good for the fifth fastest women’s time in history, she becomes headline material.Caster Semenya is definitely headline material. But not for the right reasons.The South African teen can’t seem to catch a break. Instead of being asked about what it’s like to win gold in a major competition, she’s fielding questions about whether she just might be a he.It’s not just the fact that she already seems to be in position to break world records at age 18. No, it’s at least partly because, well, she looks like a man. In all honesty, she looks like she should be playing point guard for the Madison West boys’ basketball team, not running women’s track. Her facial hair, muscular build and deep voice are all decidedly unfeminine.That’s fine though. We’ve all seen women that at first don’t look especially womanly, and there’s nothing wrong with that — unless you’re one of the athletes that lost to Semenya in the 800 meter final. In that case, you complain and compel the IAAF to conduct a gender verification test on the winner.Aren’t we getting a little bit out of hand now?I’m not saying that I’m 100 percent sure Semenya is a woman. I do not know whether or not she’s been pumped full of enough testosterone to qualify as a male. But until there’s proof otherwise, her accomplishments should be praised. And therein lies the rub: getting that proof.Apparently, determining one’s gender isn’t as simple as having them drop their trousers and having a look-see. There are numerous “intersex” genetic conditions where people develop one way despite their chromosomes indicating something else. It’s all kinds of tricky to get a decisive result, but worst of all, it’s invasive and quite embarrassing. It’s hardly something you’d expect to have to go through after winning a gold medal.But that’s where we are in sports today. Hardly anyone can get away with achieving anything even remotely impressive without being questioned about it. The steroid era of baseball has made everyone at least a little cynical.Remember that season-long home run derby Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa put on in 1998? Everyone was enamored with the chase to break Roger Maris’ record of 61 home runs. In retrospect, it seems kind of silly, now that we know that the race was fueled as much by competitive desire as it was by needles.Fool me once, shame on you.Then we moved on to the BALCO scandal and the names on the Mitchell Report and even more heartbreak. Barry Bonds’ greatest enemy right now might be a potential asterisk and A-Roid found a way to make himself even more unlikable. The term “Manny being Manny” has taken on a new light and if Joe Mauer or Albert Pujols turn out to be juicers, then I might just give up on baseball altogether.Fool me twice, shame on me.It would be one thing if Semenya was accused of being on steroids. The potential effects of anabolic steroid use would account for her distinct “manliness.” As big a problem as steroids are in baseball, they have a more sinister history in track and field. But are we really that jaded now that we bypass steroid accusations altogether and question an athlete’s gender?Certainly steroids would be a more logical conclusion to jump to than gender dishonesty. Plenty of track athletes have been disgraced by their steroid use, including Justin Gatlin and Marion Jones. Semenya’s physique and sudden rise to success would seem to be a classic case of juicing, not a bad sequel to “Juwanna Man.”According to Britain’s Daily Telegraph, sources say Semenya has nearly three times the normal amount of testosterone for a female. Yes that’s fishy, but inconclusive either way. If somehow this battery of tests shows that Semenya is indeed a man, she would be disqualified from competition and stripped of her medals on the basis of her having an unfair biological advantage over her competitors due to her maleness?Guess what? Sports competition is based on unfair biological advantages. That’s why guys like Prince Fielder and Adrian Peterson are pro athletes, while I’m destined to only write about athletes. As fans, we constantly want to see someone faster, stronger and better than the last guy.Unfortunately, we’ve gotten to the point where we don’t want to be tricked into celebrating anything prematurely. The world is determined not to be fooled again. Apparently it’s better to disgrace the athlete now, before they break any records, than to realize we’re just going to be disappointed again.I’m as guilty as anyone of cynicism, but as far as I’m concerned, Semenya won the women’s 800 meters legitimately. I won’t yet stoop to assume the worst right away, but the world seems to be adhering to a quote by our last president: “Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”Right?Adam Holt is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the scrutiny surrounding Semenya’s victory at the World Track and Field Championships is a legitimate concern? Send your thoughts to aholt@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Official: Coronavirus postpones three Serie A matches

first_imgThe coronavirus leaves two dead (Adriano Trevisan, 78, and a 75-year-old woman from Casalpusterlengo), 76 infected and the fear that the number may grow a lot in the next few hours. The focus was born from a 38-year-old man from Codogno, near Lodi, due to contacts he had with a co-worker from a trip to China (returned on January 21), the ‘patient 0’, who did not develop the disease and was negative for the virus. At this time, the ‘patient 1’ is in serious condition and his sporting life (he participated in football matches and two popular races) makes fear that the infected continue to increase. To reduce risks, the Lombardy region arranged for trains not to stop at the towns of Codogno, Maleo and Casalpusterlengo and urged citizens to stay at home, closing schools and canceling dozens of cultural and sporting events. ANDl match of Series C between Piacenza and Sambenedettese It was scheduled for 3 pm on Saturday, but an hour and a half after the kick-off came the decision of the authorities, which Massimo Pulcinelli did not think was right. “We live in an absurd, ridiculous country, managed by irresponsible people,” wrote the owner of the Ascoli on social networks, “the stadium is the least dangerous place in the world. Now we close all public establishments out of fear.” It is already official: the coronavirus for all sports in the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto, Serie A included. The first Minister Giuseppe Conte ad, on Saturday night, the intention to suspend all sports activities this Sunday and the Minister of Sports Vincenzo Spadafora sent a letter to the president of the Olympic Committee, asking “communicate to all sports organizations the request of the government”. The clashes will not be played, then Atalanta-Sassuolo, Verona-Cagliari and neither Inter-Sampdoria, all scheduled for this Sunday and postponed, for now, without date. This Saturday they had already suspended more than 80 amateur football matches in Lombardy and the Ascoli-Cremonese Serie B. At the moment, in Italy there are 76 infected (56 in Lombardy, 17 in Veneto, one in Turin and two in Rome) and two dead. You will not be allowed to enter or leave the focus areas of the epidemic, where “the suspension of work activities” and “all manifestations” have already been arranged, while the government is also assessing the possibility of blocking travel School abroad.last_img read more