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Ozekhome Lauds Pmb, Dalung For Bash Ali Guinness World Record Fight

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Senior Advocate of Nigeria Chief Mike Ozekhome has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring that the Bash Ali Guinness World Record fight is staged in the country in the next ninety days.

The Human rights activist made this known on Tuesday when the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung inaugurated the re-constituted 22-man Local Organizing Committee in Abuja.

 

Ozekhome also praised the Minister for his support in ensuring that the Guinness World record fight comes fruition. The Constitutional lawyer who is also a member of the Local Organizing Committee said previous plans to stage the fight had been in place for the past 16 years without success and thanked President Buhari and the Minister for making it a reality.

 

“You have made history not just for yourself but also for Nigeria. The reason is simple. What you have midwifed here has been in its embryonic stage for 16 years. Minister after Minister and government after government, they failed Bash Ali and they failed the nation.  Even if this is your only achievement, Hon. Minister, posterity will remember you.

 

“Bash Ali will not just participate but he will win and enter the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest boxer to fight for a title at 63.

 

“Bash Ali started boxing as a professional not as an amateur and by 2004, he became the undisputed Cruiser weight champion of the world. Then he wanted to be the oldest boxer to step into the ring but a lot of forces were against it. He went through horrible experiences to the journey path of today where the Minister is inaugurating this LOC. We have been on this fight for 16 years. Bash Ali has been to Kuje prison. He has been beaten up all because he wants glory for his country. We thank the government of Mr President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing this fight to come through. A lot of people think I only criticize the government but when they do something good, I also praise the government. This is something good that has come from President Buhari and God has used the Minister to actualize this Guiness World record fight”.

 

Inaugurating the Committee, Barrister Dalung commended the Cruiser weight Champion Bash Ali for his unflinching commitment towards the fight.

 

“I believe that with the requisite backing of the Local Organizing Committee and that of Nigerians, he will be able to rewrite boxing history. I enjoin all LOC members to work assiduously and ensure a successful completion of the assignment by making this fight a reality.  It will be great if we can conclude this assignment within ninety days which is the time limit given to Nigeria to host this historic fight”.

 

On terms of reference, the Minister charged the LOC to galvanize resources of support and funding through marketing and promotion to meet the immediate demands of the Approving Boxing Union, logistics and events management; to immediately re-invite to Nigeria, the President of the World Boxing Federation, the President of International Boxing Union and the Pay Per View television operators for business discussion; to use a befitting venue in any state in Nigeria to host the historic fight and to undertake the packaging of the historic fight in an efficient, effective, transparent and accountable manner.

 

In his closing remark,  Bash Ali thanked everyone who had assisted him in his trying moments.

 

“ In my struggle to get this fight recognized , I  thank all those who contributed financially, morally and otherwise to ensure that this fight is actualized. I thank the Honourable Minister for his support and I promise to make my country proud and put Nigeria’s name in the Guinness book of Records”.

The reconstituted LOC comprising 22 persons has the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung as the Chairman and Dr Ademola Areh, Director Grassroots Sports department as the Secretary.

Other members include Chief Ozekhome, Chief Kenny Martins, the Chairman House Committee on Sports, the Chief of Staff to the President, Chairman Channels Television, Group Managing Director of Daar Communications, Directors General of FRCN and NTA, Executive Secretary National Lottery Trust Fund and the CEOs of Bank of Industry, Transcorp Hilton, Globacom and Nexim.

 

 

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180 Golfers To Compete For N35 Million In Rowland Adewumi Golf Classic Tourney

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The lush greens of the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja will soon be the battleground for an impressive array of golfing talent, as 180 golfers, both professional and amateur, compete for over N35 million in cash prizes and additional rewards.

This exciting event, known as the Rowland Adewumi Classic Tournament, is scheduled to take place from Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15, 2024, in celebration of Rowland Adewumi’s 50th birthday.

The organizing committee, led by Chairman Akabom Enebong, has spared no effort in ensuring that the event will befit the legacy of the man it honors says the tournament is more than a mere competition; it is a homage to Rowland Adewumi, a figure whose influence on the sport in Nigeria has been profound. Known for his dedication to nurturing talent and promoting the game, Adewumi’s contributions have left an indelible mark on the golfing community.

Speaking to the media in Abuja, Enebong highlighted the meticulous preparations underway to guarantee a flawless event.

“This tournament is a tribute to Rowland Adewumi, whose influence has been pivotal in the development of golf in Nigeria,” Enebong remarked. “We have ensured that all arrangements are in place to guarantee a smooth and competitive event.”

The competition will feature approximately 80 professional golfers and 100 amateur golfers, all competing in a stroke play format over the club’s renowned 18-hole course. The tournament promises to be action-packed, with participants eager to showcase their skills and vie for top honors.

“The Rowland Adewumi Classic Tournament offers not just substantial cash prizes but also significant prestige. With over N35 million up for grabs, the stakes are high, and the competition is expected to be fierce. In addition to the cash rewards, there are numerous consolation prizes, ensuring that many participants will leave with recognition for their efforts”

“Interest in the event has been substantial, with top golfers from across the nation preparing to participate. This level of engagement underscores the tournament’s importance within the Nigerian golfing calendar and highlights the respect and admiration held for Adewumi within the golfing community”.

Enebong emphasized the broader significance of the tournament, noting that it serves as a platform for golfers to demonstrate their prowess and advance their careers. “Participants will leverage this tournament to showcase their worth,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for both emerging and established golfers to gain recognition and further their careers.”

The three-day event promises not just competitive golf but also a celebratory atmosphere, reflecting the joyous occasion of Adewumi’s 50th birthday. Spectators can expect a festive environment, with various activities and hospitality offerings enhancing the overall experience.

As the date approaches, anticipation builds for what is set to be one of the most memorable golf events of the year. The Rowland Adewumi Classic Tournament is poised to highlight the vibrant golfing talent in Nigeria, celebrate a beloved figure in the sport, and provide a thrilling spectacle for all involved.

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