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Speaker directs Committee on pledges to sports stars

Speaker directs Committee on pledges to sports stars

Sports
Kampala, Uganda --- Parliament Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, has directed the House Committee of Education and Sports to follow up Government pledges made to various personalities that bring glory to Uganda through sports. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of parliament of Uganda Kadaga said that some sports personalities had been neglected yet at one time they won medals for the country. In her communication during the plenary sitting of Wednesday 27 May 2020, Kadaga said that sports personalities live and eventually pass on in a sad state of affairs yet they should be receiving monthly benefits as was directed by the President. “I’ve met various sports personalities who have made various contributions and brought glory and presented a positive image for this country. The legendary football...
Nigeria Rugby Football Federation donates Food Palliatives to Players

Nigeria Rugby Football Federation donates Food Palliatives to Players

Sports
LAGOS, Nigeria, May 31, 2020/ -- Federation president; Kelechukwu Mbagwu said palliatives became necessary due to the difficulties players are passing through in the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Liason Officer of the Ministry of Youth & Sports; Ikana Mbora presented the palliatives to players at the National Stadium in Lagos.  NRFF Players Representative and Board Member; Gbenga Adeniran says the support will go to the most vulnerable players across all the active clubs across the country starting with Lagos teams today. "As you know, there are seven active Rugby clubs in Lagos competing in the National League. Many of the players are not working while few of the players that are working are not earning a lot. We are providing these food packages to players to help them thr...
Rugby Africa offers referees from its member unions a series of online workshops

Rugby Africa offers referees from its member unions a series of online workshops

Sports
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 29, 2020/ -- Referees and Coaches of Match Officials (CMOs) drawn from across the continent are following a series of online workshops run by Alain Rolland, High-Performance 15s Match Official Manager for World Rugby. This initiative will help upskill match officials in the key focus areas of the game, and the programme will run for over two months. With 42 participants (including 11 women), the English-speaking group, comprised of Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe, kicked off on May 19 2020. The French-speaking group, with 35 participants (including eight women) from Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Senegal & Tunisia, began its first session on May 21 2020.  According to Mudiwa Mundawarara, Rugby Afr...
SPORTS: Premier League set to restart on 17 June

SPORTS: Premier League set to restart on 17 June

Soccer, Sports
The Premier League season is set to restart on 17 June with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, the BBC has learned. A full round of fixtures would then be played on the weekend of 19-21 June. There are 92 matches still to play, and the first to take place will be those the four teams involved have in hand. Clubs discussed the resumption plan - which is subject to government approval - at a meeting on Thursday and it is understood all agreed in principle. The Premier League was suspended on 13 March because of the pandemic and it will be 100 days after Leicester City's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on 9 March that competition will resume, with games now behind closed doors. Manchester City v Arsenal was already scheduled to be shown on Sky Sports, while...
Feet ‘N’ Tricks International, Africa’s Largest Promoter of Freestyle Football unveils Freestyle Africa Unlocked 2020 Championships

Feet ‘N’ Tricks International, Africa’s Largest Promoter of Freestyle Football unveils Freestyle Africa Unlocked 2020 Championships

Sports
LAGOS, Nigeria, May 28, 2020/ -- The largest promoter of Freestyle Football in Africa, Feet ‘N’ Tricks International, has unveiled the maiden edition of the Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020 championship which is first of its kind on the continent. Valentine Ozigbo, the Chairman of Feet ‘N’ Tricks International, in the company’s first vitual press conference held on Zoom on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, revealed that the championship is going to be online and packed with prizes and suprises to “develop and nuture an art, a lifestyle, and a passion for many”. Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020 is the fourth installment of the annual football freestyle event. A respected Nigerian business leader and philantropist, Mr. Ozigbo, speaking from Lagos, expressed his passion and commitment to cont...
SPORTS: Premier League clubs agree to resume contact training

SPORTS: Premier League clubs agree to resume contact training

ENGLAND, Soccer, Sports, UNITED KINGDOM
Players will be able to "train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising unnecessary close contact," a statement said. Discussions continue on plans to resume the season when "conditions allow", it added. Premier League players and staff will continue to be tested twice a week for coronavirus. So far eight people have tested positive after 1,744 tests across the league. The third round of results is expected to be released on Wednesday. The decision to return to contact training was agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the Professional Football Association (PFA), the League Managers Association (LMA) and the government. Plans for the third phase of Project Restart include a step towards normal training and build-up to competitive games. S...
Activate Uganda introduces “Activate Virtual Olympic Challenge Medal”

Activate Uganda introduces “Activate Virtual Olympic Challenge Medal”

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This year, for the first time since the Second World War, the Olympics will not be held on the normal schedule (leap year) due to the COVID-19 virus.  Activate Uganda said that it realized that people will be disappointed by not being able to see the pinnacle of world athletics so it has come up with our own Olympic challenge for you. So bring on your “Best Performance” to earn an “Activate Virtual Olympic Challenge Medal”. This is your chance to become Activate Uganda Olympian! Activate Uganda will be catering for a range of events encompassing Running/Walking and Cycling.      As the Olympics is a multi-day event, Activate Uganda will be holding the Challenge over 3 days (29 - 31 May).  No qualifying times are required as they are in the Olympics, but the programme is: ...
President Mourns the death of a football legend

President Mourns the death of a football legend

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KAMPALA, UGANDA --- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has mourned the death of Ugandan hero and former footballer Jimmy Kirunda who passed on at the age of 70. "I have learnt about the death of Kirunda, one of the greatest footballers our country has produced. We remember the major feat when he captained the national team to the African Cup of nations finals in 1978. We shall miss him." the president posted on Twitter. The former captain to the Ugandan football team led Uganda to the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations final against Ghana where Uganda finished second. The Late Jimmy Kirunda The legendary Ugandan started his football story in the early 1960s at Mulago FC, one of Uganda's most prestigious football clubs .It was during his time there that he honed his football skills....
Spanish football mourn the death of Marcelo

Spanish football mourn the death of Marcelo

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MADRID --- It is another sad day for Spanish football as former defender Marcelo Campanal passes on. The Sevilla Legend died at the age of 89 years old. Sevilla released an official statement on their Twitter page to announce the passing away of the former Spanish defender. “A small tribute to our fallen legend, Campanal is the one who made the impossible possible on a soccer field,” the club stated. Marcelo Campanal Marcelo spent 16 seasons with the Spanish side during his illustrious football career and went on to hit the legendary status at the club. Another Spanish La Liga side, Real Madrid mourn with Sevilla and also released an official statement on their website. “Real Madrid C.F., its president and board of directors are deeply saddened by the passing of Sevilla ...
SPORTS: FIFA President Infantino mourns fallen Uganda Cranes legend.

SPORTS: FIFA President Infantino mourns fallen Uganda Cranes legend.

AFRICA, Sports, UGANDA
On Monday, May 25, Jimmy Kirunda collapsed dead while jogging around Bwaise, Kampala. Kirunda is one of Uganda’s most iconic football figures having played at five AFCON finals. The former KCCA FC, SC Villa and Express FC player captained the Uganda Cranes at three AFCON finals, including the historic 78 showpiece game against Ghana. As the football fraternity mourns him, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has also joined in on the act. Infantino wrote a condolence message to the FUFA President Eng Moses Magogo. “I would like to express my sincerest and heartfelt condolences on the passing of former international player and coach, Jimmy Kirunda. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel for this lossaffecting Uganda football.” “During his playing career, Jimmy ca...
Japanese wrestler commits suicide after Posting Photos of Self Harm and Suicide Note

Japanese wrestler commits suicide after Posting Photos of Self Harm and Suicide Note

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Japanese professional wrestler Hana Kimura passed away at the age of 22, after posting images of self harm and a suicide note on social media. Kimura had posted images of self mutilation on Twitter along with the message: "Nearly 100 frank opinions every day. I couldn’t deny that I was hurt. I'm dead. Thank you for giving me a mother. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you to everyone who supported me. I love it. I'm weak, 'm sorry. I don't want to be a human anymore. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you everyone, I love you. Bye." Hana Kimura in one of her fights Hana post suggest that she had been subject to abuse from fans and critics on social media. Japanese wrestling promotion Stardom confirmed the news with a statement on their website. "Stardom fans,...
Former Uganda Cranes captain Jimmy Kirunda dies

Former Uganda Cranes captain Jimmy Kirunda dies

Sports
The former star and football captain for the national team Uganda Cranes, Jimmy Kirunda, has passed on. The 70-year old reportedly collapsed while walking around in Bwaise this afternoon and was pronounced dead moments later. Kirunda was part of the side that reached the final of the 1978 Nations Cup, one of his prominent contributions to the national team. Due to his contributions, Uganda Cranes was able to win the 1976 and 1977 the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) cups. The late Jimmy Kirunda He spent more than 14 years at the national team as a player and much of that period, Kirunda was the captain. He was the manager of the national team between 1989 and 1996. Kirunda played as a defender for Express FC, KCCA FC, SC Villa, and Abu D...
Kenya Rugby Union statement on Allan Makaka

Kenya Rugby Union statement on Allan Makaka

Sports
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24, 2020/ -- The Kenyan Rugby Union has expressed deep sorrow that after learning the passing of Allan Makaka following a traffic accident on Saturday 23 May 2020. Born on 28 June 1982, Allan was a former Kenya Sevens international and was part of the squad that played at the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. He made a total of 57 appearances on the Sevens World Series,managing 28 tries and is ranked 21st overall amongst Kenya's all time try scorers on the World Series. An alumnus of Mumias Boys Primary School,Musingu High School and the United States International University- Africa, he initially played his club rugby at defunct military side Ulinzi, winning back to back National Sevens Circ...
Uganda: NCS calls for submission of standard operating procedures from associations

Uganda: NCS calls for submission of standard operating procedures from associations

Sports
KAMPALA --- The sports sector is one of the sectors that have been globally halted due to the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic. Sports activities have horrendously been affected in country since March when President Museveni banned all gatherings as a preventive measure of the pandemic. National council of sports has requested all its member Federations and Associations to ; •Formulate their specific standard operating procedures outlining inter alia and what measures will be taken. •Suggest social distancing modalities to be used for example, empty alternative lanes in Swimming of Athletics as well as keep 2metre distance between Athletes, fans and officials. Undertaking sporting activities in empty venues is a possibility for high risk sports. •Possibly provide...
Mike Tyson shows off a very toned physique after announcing return to the ring

Mike Tyson shows off a very toned physique after announcing return to the ring

celebrity, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Sports, united states of america, USA
Mike Tyson has a brand-new look after losing 140lbs a decade ago. The 53-year-old former professional boxer was shirtless as he threw punches in the air for a new video shared on Weibo which was filmed in the backyard of his home.  The Hangover actor lost weigh by going vegan, he said in 2013: 'When I was training for fights – a lot of meat, cheese, bread. I devoured everything besides pork. I used to eat a lot. As I got older I didn't like the way I was feeling. I had a lot of arthritis, joint problems and I was morbidly obese.' It was his wife who turned him on to going meat free. In this new clip Tyson has sculpted arms, abs and an overall slender frame as he shows off a grey beard. He moves very fast as he throws punches in the air, ducks and then eventually pets his ...
SPORTS: Vipers SC declared 2019/20  UPL Winners amid the Covid-19 Pandemic.

SPORTS: Vipers SC declared 2019/20 UPL Winners amid the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Sports, UGANDA
Vipers SC have been declared the 2019/20 Uganda Premier League (UPL) season. This was confirmed by the Federation of Uganda Football Association president, Moses Magogo, on Wednesday, May 20 during a special press conference held at FUFA House in Mengo. Magogo also noted that Maroons FC, Proline FC and Tooro United FC had been relegated to the FUFA Big League. Before the league was halted in March, Vipers were leading the UPL standings with 54 points from 25 games. The Venoms were four points ahead of second-placed KCCA FC. It was announced by Magogo that the Executive had applied the 75% sporting rule so as to award Vipers SC the title. Consequently, Vipers SC will represent Uganda in the CAF Champions League while KCCA FC enters next season’s CAF Confederations Cup.
SPORTS: Celtic crowned champions as Scottish season is ended.

SPORTS: Celtic crowned champions as Scottish season is ended.

Soccer, Sports
LONDON: Celtic were crowned champions for a record-equalling ninth consecutive season as the Scottish Premiership campaign was declared over on Monday. Neil Lennon’s men were 13 points clear at the top of the table when the season was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic in March with eight games remaining for the majority of clubs. Second-placed Rangers had a game in hand to try and cut that gap and were due to face Celtic twice more before the end of the season. “It is, of course, a real shame that we were not able to see out the league in front of our fans. However, no one can deny how deserved this title is,” said Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell. A ninth consecutive title matches the record set by Celtic’s European Cup-winning side of the sixties and seventies and Ran...
Erling Haaland resumes scoring as Dortmund beats Schalke in Bundesliga return

Erling Haaland resumes scoring as Dortmund beats Schalke in Bundesliga return

EUROPE, Germany, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Soccer, Sports
BERLIN — Erling Haaland scored the Bundesliga’s first goal in more than two months and then celebrated alone. The 19-year-old’s Borussia Dortmund teammates stayed away, mindful of the strict hygiene measures amid the coronavirus pandemic, as Germany’s soccer season resumed in unprecedented conditions on Saturday. Erling Haaland keeping social distance while celebrating his goal on Saturday Dortmund beat Schalke 4-0 in the first Ruhr derby to be played in an empty stadium. Calls and shouts from coaching staff and players, and the thud of the sanitized ball being kicked, reverberated around the mainly deserted stands. Players had been warned to keep their emotions in check, and to desist from spitting, handshakes and hugging with the games keenly watched by the rest of the socce...
WWE superstar Becky Lynch confirms pregnancy, vacates her Raw Women’s championship tittle to Asuka

WWE superstar Becky Lynch confirms pregnancy, vacates her Raw Women’s championship tittle to Asuka

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The RAW Women's Champion made an emotional appearance on Monday night to reveal her pregnancy and vacate her title to Asuka.  She came down the ramp with the Women's Money in the Bank briefcase - won by 'The Empress of Tomorrow' - and thanked fans for 'carrying her into history'.  Lynch began to cry as she revealed 'she has to go away for a while before Asuka's music hit and she entered the ring.  Asuka celebrating after learning that she had become the new Raw women's champion Lynch also announced on the show, to the surprise of new champion Asuka, that the briefcase hoisted above the ring during the women's Money in the Bank match at Sunday night's pay-per-view was not for a shot at the title but rather the strap itself. "You go be a warrior," Lynch told Asuka, "because I...
UK Government Releases Premier League Resume Date

UK Government Releases Premier League Resume Date

ENGLAND, Entertainment, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, LONDON, Soccer, Sports, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
England government have reportedly given the Premier League 1st of June to resume the current season. The Premier League has been put on hold since March due to the increasing number of cases in the UK, but as per reports, the EPL officials were planning on a "Project Restart" and it seems the government have now given them the green light to resume it season. However, the decision is as it stands, if there are any changes or increase in the pandemic situation in England, then it will be put back on hold but as for now, Chelsea could start playing again behind closed doors and without fans. According to the Daily Express, the government have finally given the Premier League a go ahead to resume football from the 1st of June after much discussions for the past weeks. Unfortunat...