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Lady Captain emerges Winner of 21st IBB Ladies Golf Tournament

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Joel Ajayi
It was a great celebration galore for the women, as the 21st edition of the annual IBB Golf Ladies Close Championship, came to a thrilling end with lady captain Mrs Mary Rose Richard Obioha emerged overall winner.


The 2021 edition of Nigeria Ladies Open Golf Championship teed off on Thursday evening, at the prestigious IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja with delight and excitement on Saturday put off with over 70 golfers who competed for honours in all the categories.


To emerge tops, Mrs Obioha score the best 49 with the Gross of 197 and 148 Nett, beating his closest rival Mrs J. Ayu 193 with 153 nett while the third-place position goes to Mrs R. Odekunle who posted 154 nett.


Addressing the Journalists, after emerged winner, the delighted Lady’s said she hope to defend the trophy next year while showing appreciation to everyone who participated in the competition.


I feel good, I feel delighted, this trophy means a lot to me because my name will be on board for the next year as one of those that have won it.


“I am so happy to win this trophy. It is not easy shaking off the duties of being the Lady Captain and come on to emerge winners among others who are equally good golfers. I am happy the way it ended.”


I hope to keep up the good work and defend the trophy next year. I thank everyone who has supported us to make this a dream come true.”


“I want to encourage the young one into a game of golf it means of exercising, it task.”


Speaking also was the secretary of the club who emerged winner of the best long drive and third on her category Lizzy Asomugha expressed appreciation to God and to people, sponsors who contributed in one way or the other for the success of the tournament.


“The competition wouldn’t have been a success without the support of organizations, also commended individuals who supported the event with their money and time.


“I will like to say it has been a very good one and Ladies are so happy to play in the beautiful course made possible by our dear captain, Maryrose Richard-Obioha. We all played in the competitive tournament and I am happy to be one of the winners, winning in my category and also winning the longest drive on the board.”


In his remarks, the Chairman, Board of Trustee IBB Golf Club, General IBM Haruna (Rtd) expressed his delight and encouraged young ones to engage in the game of golf.
According to him, it helps in enhancing the health status of the individual.


“I will advise the young ones to engage themselves in the game of golf or do another form of exercise because golf is a special game where you play your own ball and count. Kudos must be given to those who make this possible as the name suggested, the competition is meant for the Ladies who are registered members.”

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House Committee Satisfied With FMYSD’s Submission Over Athletes Ineligibility in Tokyo, Summons NBBF Over D’Tigress

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The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare alongside his Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismail Abubakar and the Ministry’s Anti-Doping Committee appeared before the House Committee on Sports led by its chairman, Honourable Olumide Osoba.

It was a meeting that provided the Minister with an opportunity to also shed more light on allowances of the women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, payments made to the NBBF and the doping allegations against some Team Nigeria athletes to the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

In his report about the doping allegations, The Minister corrected an erroneous impression that many had by clearing the notion that the athletes were not guilty of doping or taking any form of illegal, performance enhancing substance.

“The Athletes were required to take three out of competition tests at 3 weeks intervals which of course they did but took it a week earlier, and that was why they were not allowed to participate in the Olympics. It should also be noted that, these ten athletes were not banned from participating in the Olympics but were ineligible to compete due to their missing the mandatory out-of-competition tests at the appropriate times,” Dare said.

On the allowances of D’Tigress, it was through the adopt-an-athlete initiative of the Minister that the sum of Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand Dollars($230,000) was raised from a group of Banks for the D’Tigress and D’Tigers. This money came in during the Olympics and was deposited into the NBBF’s CBN account.

According to the Minister, “we issued a statement regarding the $230,000 and on return from Olympics the players of both teams were asked to submit their account details so the CBN could process the payment at once, as we speak, we have only details of the female team; D’Tigress and none of D’Tigers obliged to this.

“Prior to now, the CBN have been instructed to process payment of the 12 female team members as first trench payment.

“The Process for the payment for D’Tigress is in place and near completion, the money is intact in the CBN account as CBN has provided statement of account to prove that the $230,000 NBBF fund was not misappropriated.”

According to one of the Honourable members of the Committee, Honourable Dachung Musa, representing Jos South/ Jos East Federal consistency, “We are satisfied now that you have provided the right information, especially the fact that our athletes were not banned or found guilty of taking illegal substances. I will dare to say, information is key in portraying the good image of our dear country.”

The Committee thereafter summoned the former NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida to appear before it within two weeks.

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