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IOC ‘doing nothing’ about corruption

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been accused of “doing nothing” about its growing corruption crisis, by senior official Dick Pound.

Several IOC officials have been implicated in corruption in 2017.

In the latest case, police last week raided the home of Carlos Nuzman, head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, as they investigate “strong evidence” of vote-buying to secure Rio’s 2016 bid.

“We’ve taken a severe hit in terms of credibility,” said Pound.

“Every time another IOC member is implicated in something potentially nefarious we lose more credibility.”

On Monday, IOC President Thomas Bach said the organisation would act on corruption allegations “once evidence is there”.

But Canadian Pound, speaking at an IOC executive board meeting in Lima, Peru, said: “What are we doing taking all these hits and doing nothing about it? We’ve got to recognise that we haven’t done enough.

“If your conduct has put the IOC into disrepute, you should be liable to at least vigorous investigation and potentially sanctioned for it.

“That has not happened.”

Lawyers for the IOC’s ethics commission have contacted Brazilian authorities hoping to obtain further details about Nuzman’s case, after he was questioned and had his passport seized.

The 72-year-old is accused of acting as an intermediary in a cash-for-votes scheme to ensure the support of influential IOC member Lamine Diack, who was also serving as president of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) at the time.

That case has also implicated Frankie Fredericks, the Namibian four-time Olympic silver medallist and IAAF member who has been suspended from athletics while he is investigated.

Meanwhile, in April, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a high-ranking FIFA official and head of the Olympic Council of Asia, resigned a day after denying claims linking him to a fraud case, reports the BBC.

The Kuwaiti had been linked in media reports to Richard Lai, the FIFA audit and compliance committee member who was banned after admitting taking $950,000 (£715,250) in bribes.

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NOGIG 2018: NLNG dominates swimming

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Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas yesterday proved that they were the best in swimming at the ongoing 17th Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry Games tagged NOGIG 2018, as they emerged tops in the swimming event concluded on Wednesday at Chevron Complex, Gbagada, Lagos.

NLNG won five gold and one silver medals to top the medals table ahead of Shell that won three gold, three silver and one bronze medals, while Chevron took third position, with three gold and one bronze medals. The fourth and fifth positions went to Nigeria Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and Mobil respectively.

 

In the 33.33 metres freestyle for women, Inye Samuel, representing Shell took the gold medal in a time of 25:51secs. The silver medal went to Chioma of NNPC, who returned a time of 25:95secs, while NAOC’s Opubiri Ton-Ifiye took the bronze medal after finishing at 28:07secs.

 

Chevron looks good for a medal sweep in the chess events which will be concluded today at the same venue.

 

As at yesterday, Ogwuche Otokini, who had earlier won bronze medal for Chevron in the swimming event, was leading comfortably in the women’s chess, having recorded four over four with the fifth and final game yet to be decided.

In the men’s chess event, Clifford Ogolowa, also of Chevron is just one step away from sealing the gold medal. With four points in his kitty and one game left to be decided, Ogolowa’s fate is in his own hands as he is closely followed by Innocent Ekpu of NLNG and Emelife Chinedu of NNPC, who have three and half points each.

 

Meanwhile, Technical Director of the event, Bayo Babalola, has hailed the players for their performances and conduct since the commencement of the chess event.

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Sport betting has come to stay in Nigeria – Brooks

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The publisher of Brooks Sporting Pools and Lotto, Alex Brooker, has described sports betting in the country as something that has come to stay.

 

Speaking at the presentation of his new sports, pools and lotto journal, Brooker said betting has taken more youths away from evil vices as they are making money from their passion which is sports.

 

“Money is something good and desirable,” he said. “As the saying goes, nothing good comes easy, it is only by special arrangement that draws are sparingly given out on a platter of gold.

 

“Pools and Lotto betting has no doubt grown into a formidable business sector attracting billions of investment from high net worth individual. The sector has also provided employment for thousands of youths and also those who act as agents.

 

“Apart from these set of people, the government also enjoyed from betting and it was due to that and after a pain staking study of the industry that we observed that despite its size and importance, not much attention is given to it by the media. It is to fill in this gap that Brooks Sporting Pool and Lotto was born.”

 

Speaking further, he said the journal will adequately serve as a forecasting paper while also serving the need of the staking public through authentic pools and lotto forecast and other columns.

 

According to him, they are in touch with over 20 of UK-based compilers, whose weekly contributions to this journal which will make them (readers) weekly winners provided they follow their forecast.

 

To the pools promoters and their numerous agents, Brooker said they owe them the duty of closely monitoring their activities and reporting same objectively to the reading public.

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Akpeyi: I’ll fight for World Cup slot despite criticism

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Super Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has vowed not to allow critics derail him as he bids to work hard so as to make the cut for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

 

The Chippa United goalkeeper said he would remain undaunted despite criticism of him, insisting that he has continued to work hard at the club level so as to be in top shape whenever he’s called up for national duty.

 

He said as much as he was keen on making coach Gernot Rohr’s team to the Mundial as demonstrated by his continuous work at the club level, he would support the decision of the coach so long it would be in the overall interest of the team in Russia.

 

“I am not competing with any goalkeeper in the team; I am grateful to the coach for extending invitation to me and also giving me an opportunity to play,” the former Flying Eagles goalkeeper said.

 

“Nigeria has good goalkeepers waiting for this opportunity; if anyone deserves it let him play and let’s support him so that we can have a formidable team for the World Cup and come back with good results.”

 

He said he would never defame or run anyone down in a bid to make the trip to Russia and he’s unhappy some people are orchestrating attacks on him.

 

“You don’t have to run me down with stories or lie against me on the pages of newspapers because you need to promote someone. I didn’t come this far in my career by mistake even though I wasn’t giving a chance to get here; I was positive about myself and I worked hard for it and with God’s grace I got to the level I am today. I haven’t reached my mark yet, yes, I made some mistakes; some of the world’s best goalkeepers have made worst slips but they didn’t quit because they were criticized and condemned, they fought through it to become the best they are today. So, I’m not exceptional, I will keep fighting,” he said.

 

 

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