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English Premier League clubs to resume training from Tuesday

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Premier League clubs will return to training on Tuesday after agreeing to allow “small group” sessions to begin, the first step on the road to a return to competitive action.

The league held a conference call for all 20 clubs on Monday where the move was given unanimous backing.

It is the first move in the league’s `Project Restart’ plans to restart play in the league, which has not held a game since March 9 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Failure to resume the season could cost the league around 750 million pounds (913.80 million dollars) in lost revenue from broadcasters, according to British media estimates.

Some reports said clubs could lose out even if the league restarts should broadcasters demand a 330 million pounds rebate.

“Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small group training from tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon —- the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so,” the league said in a statement.

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“Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted,” it added.

The Government last week opened the door for the return of elite sport.

But several hurdles remain before the Premier League can resume behind closed doors with the aim of completing the remaining 92 matches of the season.

Clubs will have been encouraged, however, by the return of the Bundesliga at the weekend —- the first major football league in the world to resume after the lockdown.

Project Restart was originally looking at a June 12 resumption date.

But should the clubs agree and, if there is no rise in infections in the country, a return date of June 19 or June 26 appears the most likely.

However, the prospect of clubs playing their remaining matches at neutral venues has receded with more than half speaking out against such a proposal.

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The league said the decision to return to `group training’ had been taken in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the government.

“Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible,” it added.

“The health and well-being of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.

“Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) and LMA (League Managers Association) as protocols for full-contact training are developed,” the statement added.

Safety measures are expected to include tents where temperature checks will be conducted, strict hygiene criteria, no canteens and no showers.

A maximum of five players will be allowed per pitch, with tackling forbidden.

Players will be tested twice a week and are being asked to provide written approval that they have received and understood the club’s COVID-19 policy.

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FG Unveils Committee For Ten-Year Nigeria Football Development Master Plan

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The Federal Government Thursday unveiled Ten-Year Football Development Master Plan for Nigeria as part of its determination to ensure growth and development of football in the country.

This follows the charge given by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammudu Buhari to stakeholders in football administration in the country to produce a Ten-Year Football Development Master Plan for Nigeria, a committee was on Thursday constituted by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to carry out the assignment.

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In a statetment issued by ministry in Abuja, the members of the Committee are listed as follows Emmanuel Babayaro, Sunday Oliseh, Chief Olusegun Odegbami(MON), Mr. Ikeddy Isiguzo, Barrister Adokiye Amiesimaka(MON), Barrister Musa Amadu

Other membrs include, Dr. Bode Durotoye (Ministry Rep), John Opubor (NESG. Rep. OPS), Hon. Ayo Omidiran, Mr. Ogbu Augustine Ojiabor, Tobechukwu Okigbo(MTN), Ade Ojeikere, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi(SG NFF), Ogbuefi Tony Nnachetta, Mr. Yemi Idowu and Muhammad Daha Umar Faruk .

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The date and venue of their inauguration, as well as their Terms of Reference and other relevant information will be communicated in due course.

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Why I Donate Jerseys, Support Volleyball – DCP Hasso

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The Adamawa State Volleyball Association Chairman DCP Stephen Hasso (rtd.) has identified the passion and love for the game of volleyball as the reason why he supports the growth of the game in the state and Nigeria at large.

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Hasso stated this when he donated 48 pieces of training jerseys to Nigeria’s male and female team players to the ongoing African Volleyball Championships in Rwanda holding in Kigali till Sept. 20th

When asked on what is motive behind the donation of Jersey to Male and Female National teams, He said: Well, I think sports is not one-man business, and the support and sponsor is not only for the government, sport is for everybody and if we leave for the government or one man it will not grow well. push({});

“I felt it necessary to assist the federation and ministry of sports and to also encourage our players anywhere they are going, that is why I gave them Jersey both men and women teams.”

Speaking on his effort in making game of Volleyball known in Adamawa state, he said: “It’s God that gave me inspiration to do that, in Adamawa I found out that the state is going below in Game of Volleyball and I told myself that it’s high time to put the experience I have to ensure the game of volleyball that I love with passion move forward.” He spoke.

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Basketball: Nigeria’s Men Basketball League Come Alive After Years In Hibernation

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After  years of issues involving the Nigeria Basketball Premier league, the league is commencing in a grand style at the Nigeria capital city Abuja and the state of Sunshine, Akure in Ondo state today’s Wednesday September 2021 respectively.

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It will be recalled that a court case stopped the league over the years but the February 2021 judgment quashed all the cases, a verdict many adjudged to be a victory for basketball in the country.

In the first game in Abuja, which is the Savannah conference that will be played in Abuja, the Gombe Bull will lock it up with Defenders by 10: 00 am.

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Nigeria Customs to play Benue Braves by 12:45noon as Gboko City Chiefs will tackle Reformers by 2:45pm while the final game of the day will be Nigerian Army Versus Kano Pillars by 4:45 pm

All the matches will be played inside the Indoor Sports Hall of the Package B Moshood Abiola Stadium, in Abuja. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Also, 11 teams from the Atlantic conference which include Rivers Hoopers, Kwara Falcons, Raptors, Police Baton, Ondo Raiders, Islanders, Coal City, Impressions, CAMAC, Invaders and Lagos Warriors will slug it out at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Akure Township stadium.

Addressing Journalists in a media parley on Tuesday in Abuja, the Chairman Caretaker Committee NBBF Engr. Musa Kida, has said all things are in place to have a better 2021 Nigeria Basketball Premier League.

According to him, Hands are on deck to commence the Basketball Premier League in both the Atlantic and Savannah conferences.

“The Secretariat is responsible for dispatching letters to the various clubs and that is the reason why the League is starting in Abuja.”

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