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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

Football: Pittsburgh Steelers select T.J. Watt with No. 30 overall pick

first_imgThe Pittsburgh Steelers selected former Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.In surprising fashion, T.J. Watt, younger brother of current NFL players Derek and J.J. Watt, came off the board before Badger teammate and offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk.Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Wisconsin football beat writer reported the eventual news before the selection was even made via Twitter. Football: Ramczyk, Watt headline Badgers 2017 NFL Draft classWith the 2017 NFL Draft fast approaching April 28, ESPN’s foremost NFL draft analyst, Mel Kiper Jr., chimed in on Read…Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk, a Divison III transfer from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and one-year starter for the Badgers, still waits to hear his name called. But based on many expert projections, he shouldn’t be waiting for much longer.In his final mock draft, ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projected the Denver Broncos to take Ramczyk with the No. 20 overall pick. Watch Ramczyk’s highlight real here.Including Watt, Wisconsin has seen six Badgers taken in the first round since 2011.Football: Ramczyk, Cichy, Watt named to Sports Illustrated’s Midseason All-America TeamThe University of Wisconsin football team’s Ryan Ramczyk, Jack Cichy and T.J. Watt earn national recognition Tuesday after being named Read…last_img read more

World Cup star hit with lifetime ban after flouting South Korea rules

first_imgSouth Korea defender Jang Hyun-soo has received a lifetime ban from playing for the national team and hit with a 30 million won ($26,448) fine after he was found to have falsified records relating to his military service exemption.All able-bodied South Korean men must complete almost two years military service as part of efforts to maintain a deterrent against the North but athletes can earn exemptions by winning a medal at the Olympics or gold at the Asian Games.As part of the exemption conditions, athletes must undergo four weeks of basic military training and undertake more than 500 hours of community service over a three-year period.Jang, who has 58 caps and was part of the team that won gold at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, has admitted to submitting false records detailing how many hours of community service he has performed.The Korea Football Association met on Thursday to decide how to punish the 27-year-old, who played in all three of Korea’s games at the World Cup in Russia.”Jang has been permanently disqualified from playing for the national team and has been fined 30 million won,” a KFA spokesperson said by telephone on Thursday. In addition to the KFA sanction, the Sports Ministry has given Jang an additional five days of compulsory service.Jang, who will now miss the Asian Cup in January, had apologised on Monday and said he would undertake the required community service.”I am sorry to have disappointed everyone for such a shameful issue,” he was quoted as saying on the KFA website.The issue of military exemptions has come under the microscope in recent months.The incentive was introduced in the 1970s as part of Seoul’s drive to become a world sporting power and raise its profile on the global stage but it has come in for criticism in recent years as the country rebalances its priorities. Some have called for the exemption system to be abolished altogether, questioning its fairness in an era where the South Korean public have been yearning for an end to privilege and lopsided advantages in all walks of life.Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min was the latest high-profile athlete to win an exemption after he led South Korea to the gold medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta in September.last_img read more