NFF Grateful to Ambode for Redeeming N20m Pledge to CHAN EaglesÂ

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) has expressed its gratitude to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, for fulfilling his N20 million pledge to the Super Eagles B team for finishing as runners-up during the last Championship of African Nation (CHAN) in Morocco early this year.The NFF, which was represented by its First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, who is also the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, described Ambode as an amiable Governor, who had done a lot for sports in his state and Nigeria.He stated that he was with the team in Morocco when the governor made the promise and expressed happiness that he had fulfilled the pledge.“We at the NFF are extremely happy that the governor has made good his promise,” he said.He thanked the governor on behalf of the NFF and urged others to emulate his kind gesture.The Lagos State Government on Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium fulfilled a pledge of N20 million to the Super Eagles B team that finished second at the Championship of African Nation (CHAN) in Morocco early this year.The Eagles lost 4-0 to Morocco in the finals but were deemed to have done enough to deserve N20million largesse from Lagos State.Receiving the cheque on behalf of his teammates, Ajiboye said the governor’s kind gesture would spur the players to do better in future.“I must commend Governor Ambode for the love he has shown to the team, though I am not surprised that he has redeemed his pledge because he is a sports-loving governor who is doing a lot to motivate athletes,” Ajiboye said. Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Lagos State Spots Commission (LSSC), Dr Kweku Tandoh, who presented the cheque on behalf of the Governor, commended the Eagles for finishing second in Morocco despite the odds.Tandoh stated that the gesture was to appreciate the players for their good run at the tournament and also encourage them to do better in future.“In line with Governor Ambode’s disposition, he made a pledge to the team in Morocco and he is finally releasing the money to the team through the LSSC,” Tandoh noted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MLB’s marijuana, opioid policies reportedly set to change amid new drug agreement

first_imgAdditionally, the drug agreement is expected to specifically address opioid use, aiming to to rehabilitate users rather than punish them. Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died in a hotel room in Southlake, Texas, on July 1, and an autopsy found evidence of fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his system.As part of a new agreement on opioids being negotiated between Major League Baseball and the players’ union, MLB will remove marijuana from the list of banned substances for minor leaguers, sources tell The Athletic. Major leaguers have not been subject to testing for marijuana.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2019MORE: What’s next for Nats after signing Stephen Strasburg?Neither marijuana nor opioids provide a competitive advantage to players, of course, and are thus not categorized the same way as performance enhancing drugs. MLB will stop testing players not on 40-man rosters for marijuana use as part of a still-to-be-finalized drug agreement between the league and Players’ Association, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.While players on 40-man rosters are currently not subject to tests for marijuana, the league still scans and suspends minor league athletes for positive tests. This proposed change, then, would standardize the testing process for pro players at all levels. Decriminalization of pot in many states around the U.S. as well as shifting policies in other leagues such as the NBA, have set precedent for MLB to loosen its approach to the drug.Opioids, meanwhile, represent a national addiction crisis. For athletes in particular, painkillers can be a dangerous entry point to substance abuse. As a result, both the Players Association and MLB have publicly voiced support for the drug policy to offer treatment options rather than punishment.Players Association head Tony Clark said last week that he believed a deal between his union and the league was imminent.last_img read more

A4doe: ‘Police Report Totally Made Up’

first_imgA4doe: I was surprised to find later that they told people that my arrest was based on acting unruly in front of the President’s house.”-Threatens to sue police officers who assaulted himA4doe, the producer behind the hit protest song ‘Bring Back Our Container,’ has denied police report that he was arrested for exhibiting unruly behavior in front of the President George Weah’s residence.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, A4doe said the Liberia National Police (LNP) Zone 8 police report was fabricated and intended to shield the public about what exactly happened.“The police report is totally made up. The first thing, they lied by saying the arrest was made in front of the President’s house, when it was not. They arrested me at the President’s house junction which is far away from the actual house.“I’m still trying to understand why I was arrested when I did nothing wrong. Kpanto and I, the other guy who raps on the song, were heading towards my house when the police assigned at President’s house junction stopped the bike we were on for what they claimed was a violation.“After the bike rider was arrested, I decided to appeal for his release and that’s how one of the police officers asked me to identify myself. I told him I’m a musician, the producer of the song about the alleged missing money,” A4doe explained his nightmare.The rapper and producer added immediately after his introduction, one of the police officers began insulting him for making the song, something which he told the officer was unnecessary and unprofessional.A4doe also added when the insult intensified, he took his phone and started to record the situation—a move that angered the police officers on guard that night and resulted in the tussle over the phone and his forceful arrest.“When I refused to give the phone in order for them to delete the video, the police officer who started the insult ran to me and started to squeeze my hand to get the phone but he was unable.“Since the pains were becoming unbearable, I give the phone to Kpanto to run with it. Unfortunate they were able to get hold of the phone after it dropped from the artist while they were chasing after him. They deleted the video; however, since I was online, the video was not completely deleted,” A4doe added.After deleting the video, the police officers decided to arrest me for trying to record them and took me to the police station and place me behind bars.According to A4doe, after his release early Sunday morning, after the arrest which took place around 11:30 pm the previous night, the police were unable to give him a charge sheet.The rapper said: “All they told me was to get out and that they don’t have any charge sheet for me. I was surprised to find later that they told people that my arrest was based on acting unruly in front of the President’s house.”Meanwhile, A4doe has threatened to sue the two police officers who assaulted him during his arrest, which has resulted into body pains.“I’m going to sue them for not only hurting my body but violating my civil right. The way they handled me was embarrassing and humiliating. I’m of the strongest conviction this was a planned thing by the officers and intended to disgrace me. The police attitude toward me is unacceptable and I know the President is not aware of this,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more