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Badminton Federation of Nigeria opens Paris 2024 Olympics camp in Lagos

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This way to Paris 2024, Coach Ben Orakpor seems to be telling Anu Opeyori

Ahead of Nigeria’s fourth participation in the badminton event of the Olympics, the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) has opened its training camp in Lagos ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The Paris 2024 will run from July 26th to August 11th. Nigeria had previously in 1996, 2008 and 2020 featured in the badminton events.

Two-time African Games Champion and four-time African Senior Champion, Anuoluwapo Opeyori is Nigeria’s sole representative in the badminton event at the Games. He becomes the first Nigerian badminton player to make back-to-back appearance at the Olympics.

President of the BFN, Francis Orbih revealed that Anuoluwapo Opeyori is paired with two national team players, Victor Ikechukwu and Emmanuel Joseph at the Badmintonn section facility at Ikoyi Club 1938.

Orbih said the BFN has concluded plans for the second stage of camping for Opeyori in Italy.

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He said, “Before the announcement of the ministry’s camping programme, the BFN decided to put our qualified athlete, Anuoluwapo Opeyori in camp alongside two national team players, Victor Ikechukwu and Emmanuel Joseph at the Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos.

The Federation chose Ikoyi Club because it has one of the best badminton facilities in the country and the Federation has been in a collaborative partnership with the Club.

“The players are currently being handled by Coach Ben Orakpor who is one of our experienced coaches in the country. There is no time to waste because we have less than two months until the Paris 2024 Olympics and the Federation wants to ensure Opeyori is in top shape.

“Opeyori only has 10 days in Nigeria before he departs for his first phase of the foreign training camp in Italy. We want him to have access to world-class facilities and play against some top-ranked players in Europe”.

Orbih noted that the African Champion will join the foreign camp organised by the Federal Ministry of Sports in Germany from the 1st to 21st July.

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He said, “We have agreed that Anuoluwapo Opeyori will join the foreign camp organised by the Federal Ministry of Sports in Germany from the 1st to 21st of July and in between play the Mauritius international from 11th to 14th July.

“The Badminton Federation of Nigeria will continue to monitor the progress of Opeyori and hope he surpasses his previous record at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics”.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Respite as CAS postpones judgement on WADA – Nigeria case

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BREAKING! WADA Sends Nigeria, Venezuela Anti-doping Agency Cases To CAS -

Judgement may have been postponed in the case before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) involving the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Nigeria.

A decision was expected on Friday. Information gathered from various sources indicated that the decision may have been deferred till after the Paris 2024 Games.

 WADA had claimed that Nigeria, among some other countries, did not comply with WADA Code.

The alleged non-compliance in the Nigeria case is due to the Nigeria Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) not addressing several critical requirements to its anti-doping program following an audit carried out by WADA in late 2022.

The General Secretary of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Tunde Popoola told the Sports Village Square that he was not entertaining any fear of Nigeria losing the case.

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“It will be a shocker, if they decide to suspend us”, said Popoola. He added that he had not heard  anything about the case.

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Will Nigeria flag fly at Paris 2024? CAS to decide this Friday

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WADA Suspends Africa's Only Anti-doping Laboratory -

The fate of Nigeria will be decided this Friday afternoon  as judgement will be delivered by the Court of Arbitration for Sports in the case brought by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the country.

WADA is seeking the banning of Nigerian flag at the Olympics which begin in 13 days time in Paris.

Nigeria was referred to CAS for alleged failure of the country’s  anti-doping agencies to comply with WADA rules.  Earlier this week, WADA cleared Angola. If the ruling expected to be delivered at about 12 noon Nigeria time is unfavourable, the Nigerian flag will not be hoisted at Paris 2024. The implication is that Nigerian athletes will only compete as individuals.

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Russia compensates athletes not invited to Paris Games

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The Russian Olympic Committee has paid compensation to 245 athletes who failed to meet the criteria allowing them to compete at the Paris Games this month, the RIA state news agency reported on Thursday.

Athletes from Russia and Belarus, Moscow’s closest ally in the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, are barred from the Games unless they compete as neutrals without flags, anthems and emblems.

Russian and Belarusian athletes have also had to undergo an additional vetting process to ensure they do not support Russia’s war and have no connection to its military – which Moscow says amounts to a “conspiracy” to exclude its athletes.

“We have paid compensation to 245 athletes. These are those athletes who initially did not get the right to compete in international competitions and those who did not receive neutral status,” RIA quoted Russian Olympic Committee general director Vladimir Sengleyev as saying.

Artur Dalaloyan, a 28-year-old gymnast who won gold at the Tokyo Games in 2021, told RIA he had received about 500,000 roubles ($5,600).

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RIA did not specify which other sportspeople were compensated and how much money they received.

The list of Russian athletes who will head to Paris has thinned to just over a dozen, as several sports federation heads have said their squads will not take part under what they see as humiliating restrictions.

Only 16 Russian athletes are scheduled to appear in the Games, which run from July 26 to Aug. 11, compared to 335 athletes at the last Summer Games in Tokyo in 2021.

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