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The female national under 20 football team, The Black Princess will face Cameroon in their next qualifiers to as they fight for a place in the 2018 FIFA U-20 tournament to be hosted by France.

This follows the Ghanaian young ladies 5-1 triumph over their Kenyan counterparts over the weekend when they played their return leg qualifier. The Ghana team thus qualified 10-1 on aggregate.

Monday, 20 November 2017 06:37

BULGARIAN DIMITROV WINS NITTO ATP FINALS

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Bulgarian Tennis Star Grigor Dimitrov finished the best season of his career with the biggest title of his life winning his fifth consecutive match at the Nitto ATP Finals on Sunday.

 He beati David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to win the season-ending championships during his debut.

 

He is now the first debutant to win the Nitto ATP Finals title after Alex Corretja of Spain in 1998 (d. Moya). Dimitrov, who finished 5-0 this week in London, will pocket $2,549,000 in prize money and 1,500 Emirates ATP Rankings points.

 

This was the year so many pundits and fans had wanted for Dimitrov – a quartet of titles, a Top 5 finish. He was No. 40 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, his lowest position in more than three years, and he had lost both of his ATP World Tour finals.

 

The IAAF world indoor championships Birmingham 2018 is being held at arena Birmingham from 1 to 4 march and around 500 volunteers are currently being recruited to help ensure that the event is a success.

The organisers launched the volunteer programme back in september and 1,700 people applied to be a ‘gem’ – which is what the volunteers will be known as, given how valuable they are to the event and as a nod to Birmingham’s jewellery quarter, which is located very close to arena Birmingham.

All 1,700 of those applications have now been read and appraised and from this week hundreds of people will be attending recruitment sessions, where they will meet up with the organisers of the iAAF world indoor championships and take part in interviews and group exercises, so that the organising team can get to know the applicants and start to see which of the available roles might suit them.

There are a huge number of roles available, including things like team attaches, media centre assistants and accreditation assistants.

Steve Hollingworth, chair of the local organising committee said: “we are delighted that so many people applied to be a gem and we are looking forward to meeting everyone over the next couple of weeks, so that we can get to know them better. The recruitment sessions will also give our gems a chance to find out more about the championships and the roles that are available. It is also a chance for our would be gems to let their sparkling personalities shine through.

Once the recruitment sessions have been completed, the gems will be selected and details of which roles they have been given will be sent out in the new year.

 

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The Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow is getting close, and the LOC has revealed who will be on stage to help guide the millions of fans around the world through the ceremony in Russia.

Former England striker Gary Lineker - who won the adidas Golden Boot at Mexico 1986 - will conduct the Final Draw in Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace on 1 December, supported by Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya. They will be joined by eight draw assistants, one of whom is Russian football legend Nikita Simonyan. The remaining seven and the presenters of the show will be revealed in the coming days.

"As a player, I was fortunate enough to take part in the World Cup finals on two occasions. It is quite special to be involved in yet another tournament — now on the stage, unveiling the results of the draw. I have been on the other side, waiting to find out my opponents, and I know how exciting this occasion is," Lineker said. 

Lineker enjoyed a stellar international career, helping England to the Italy 1990 semi-finals as well as finishing top scorer in 1986. Since retiring from a successful career that included spells at Barcelona, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Nagoya Grampus Eight and his hometown club Leicester City, Lineker has become one of the most recognisable sports broadcasters in the United Kingdom.

He presents the BBC’s Match of the Day Premier League highlights programme as well as BT Sport’s UEFA Champions League coverage, the BBC’s UEFA EURO and World Cup coverage and was formerly the anchor of NBC and ESPN’s Premier League programming.

"We at FIFA are really pleased that Gary has accepted our invitation and that he will be with us for such an important occasion for the world of football. Following a football career as a legendary goalscorer, which was marked with a burning passion for the game, Gary continued in the same light as a football expert. His honest and open views together with his in-depth knowledge of the game greatly enrich the world of football journalism. It is therefore an honour that Gary will conduct the Final Draw for the World Cup in Russia," said FIFA Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban. 

Komandnaya is one of the most well-known sports journalists in Russia, with over a decade of experience across a range of media outlets on radio and television, including FOX Sports, Match TV and Moscow FM.

"The draw is an extraordinary time," Komandnaya said. "Millions of fans are holding their breath, hoping their dreams will come true. It’s the time when the World Cup officially begins.

"I believe that football is a universal language, capable of bringing people together from all around the world. And it's the time when all of us can speak football. I'm so thrilled to have the chance to help conduct one of the greatest sports events. I want to show fans how beautiful my country is and how excited we are to host the World Cup. We are so passionate about what we do, and about football. Believe me, it will be a truly extraordinary event."

Make sure to follow the Final Draw live on FIFA.com/WorldCup.

 

 

 

Ghanaian female sprinter Flings Owusu Agyapong is bound for the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham,UK having clocked 7.26s earlier this year to meet the IAAF's qualifying mark of 7.30s.

Flings is based in the USA and has a personal best of 7.18s. She is hopeful of making a good showing at the Indoor games next year and has already began preparations.

 The 29 year old was born in Kumasi, Ghana to parents Kwadwo Agyapong and Adwoa Akomaa and moved to Toronto, Canada when she was 9 years old. She started training with the Flying Angels athletics club after her sophomore year of high school. In 2006 and 2007 she made the Ontario provincial team for the National Scholastic Indoor Championships.

Owusu-Agyapong attended Syracuse University on an athletic scholarship. While at Syracuse she broke the school records for the 55, 60, and 100 metres and was a two-time 2nd team All-American. She graduated from Syracuse with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health.

She competed in the 100 metres and the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de JaneiroBrazil. She was also the flag bearer for the Ghanaian team at the opening ceremony.

 

Preparations for the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017 is on going and organizers are putting everything in place to ensure a successful event. The awards promises to be a world class and draw great sports personalities to Monaco on the D-day. 

With one week to go until the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017, the finalists for the photograph of the year have been selected.

From the 100 images that were submitted, a panel of judges – comprising David Burnett, Anthony Edgar, Raquel Cavaco-Nunes, Dwight Phillips and Rafael Segui – has whittled down the entries to three finalists:

Joosep Martinson

Amanda Ngandu Ntumba of France competes in the girls’ discus final at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017. 

Paul Sanwell

Sally Pearson (l) of Australia in the semi-finals of the 100m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships London 2017. 

Patrick Smith

Usain Bolt of Jamaica looks to the sky in his opening round heat at the IAAF World Championships London 2017. 

 The winner will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017 on Friday 24 November.

The 25 shortlisted images will also form part of a photography exhibition which will be held alongside the IAAF Athletics Awards from 22-26 November in Monaco.

The three finalists will also form the panel to determine the winner of the competition for fan photographers.

 

Meanwhile the IAAF is pleased to announce the distinguished panel of experts that will select the Best Athletics Photograph of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017 on 24 November.

IAAF PHOTO AWARD PANEL OF JUDGES

David Burnett has been a photographer for some fifty years, working for Time, LIFE, National Geographic, and along the way co-founded Contact Press Images, the New York-based Photojournalism agency. He has covered all the Summer Olympic Games since 1984, and two Winter Games.  He's been on the jury of World Press Photo three times, and chaired the jury twice.

Anthony Edgar is the Head of Media Operations at the ‎International Olympic Committee. Passionate about photography, he is curator of the Best of the Olympic Games photographic exhibition and was the producer of the film ONE SHOT, Photographing the Olympic Games for the Olympic Channel.

Raquel Nunes graduated in Law at Lisbon University. Alongside her work as a lawyer, she has been working in event and sports management. Raquel has taken part in six Olympic Games, including Rio 2016 where she was Venue Press and Photo Operations Manager. She has been the IAAF Photo Commissioner since 2013 and is a Member of the IAAF Media Advisory Group since 2015.

Dwight Phillips is an American former long jumper. He won four IAAF World Championships titles and the Olympic title in 2004. He also took gold at the 2003 World Indoor Championships. His personal best of 8.74m makes him the joint fifth best jumper of all time. Phillips is also a keen photographer.

Rafael Segui is an experienced professional photojournalist, plying his craft since 1965. He worked also as Photo Commissioner for IAAF World Athletics Series events from 1997 to 2012 and was part of the IAAF Press Commission from 2004 to 2015.

SELECTION PROCESS

The panel will first select a shortlist of the top 25 images. They will then select the top three. The finalists will be informed of their selection by 15 November and invited to the IAAF Athletics Awards. The winner will be announced live on stage that evening.

The shortlisted images will also form part of a photography exhibition which will be held alongside the IAAF Athletics Awards from 22-26 November in Monaco.

Any professional photographer who was officially accredited at an athletics event in 2017 was invited to enter. The deadline for entries was 30 October.

 

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 15:07

FREDERICK LAWSON POISED TO RISE FAST

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After a sterling performance at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York, Ghanaian boxer Frederick Lawson is poised for action and preparing for the task ahead to becoming a world champion. Frederick also called Okunka stopped Columbia's Fidel Monterrosa Munoz in round 3 during the 8 round Super Welterweight contest. Promoter Evander Holyfield is building the career of the Ghanaian and he is hopeful of making a world champion soon. Frederic increases his fight record to 26 fights with a loss. He needs to keep his composure and discipline to earn him the champ right. Ghanaians will be waiting patiently for their in-coming world champ with crossed fingers.

 

And still the WBC Bantamweight champion, Ghana's Duke Micah successfully defended his title on Saturday in New York. The fight held at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NYC was well contested by both Duke and his Mexican opponent Jose Gonzalez. The high tensioned bout travelled the entire rounds but the champ won the day with a majority decision as the judges scored the fight  95-95, 96-94, 96-94 in favour of Duke Micah.

The fight was Duke's first title defense and his debut fight in the USA. The victory gives his promoter Evander Holyfield the urge to promote his boxer more in the USA as he was delighted with the performance on the fight night. Duke now has a fight record of 21-0

Meanwhile another Ghanaian boxer under Real Deal Boxing Frederick Lawson also won the heart of his promoter and Ghanaian fans on the day when he knocked out his opponent from Columbia Fidel Monterrosa Munoz in the third round on the same bill. Okunka as the Ghanaian is affectionately called has a record of 26-1.

 

 

 

The IAAF will be awarding not only men but distinguished women in athletics during the 2017 IAAF Awards in Monaco. This is a preview of the female athletes and their performance during the season.

 

Almaz Ayana:Injury forced the Ethiopian to postpone the start of her 2017 competitive campaign, meaning she arrived at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 having not competed all year.

But just minutes after the gun went for the 10,000m final, Ayana soon blew off the rust and reproduced the kind of dominant form that carried her to the Olympic title 12 months prior.

After a conservative first half, Ayana increased her lead with each lap and covered the second half of the race in 14:25. She went on to win by 46 seconds, the biggest ever winning margin in that event at the World Championships, and clocked a world-leading 30:16.32.

She took the silver medal in the 5000m just eight days later, giving her the best collection of individual medals achieved by a woman at this year's World Championships.

Ekaterini Stefanidi: The Greek pole vaulter was undefeated outdoors this year. Her only loss of 2017 was an indoor competition in February; since then, she put together a string of 14 consecutive victories.

Her winning streak included the IAAF World Championships London 2017, where she cleared a world-leading national record of 4.91m to move to equal fourth on the world all-time list.

The 27-year-old also won at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade and at all of her IAAF Diamond League appearances, including the final in Brussels. She also produced the three highest clearances of the year.

Nafissatou Thiam: The Belgian all-rounder started 2017 by winning the European indoor pentathlon title with a world-leading 4870.

Two months later, she climbed to third on the world heptathlon all-time list after winning at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting in Gotzis with 7013 with a series that included a 1.98m high jump and a 59.32m javelin throw.

At the World Championships in London was not so much on big scores but on securing the gold medal. She lived up to expectation in all seven disciplines and earned the title with a score of 6784.

 

 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:32

IAAF RATIFIES JOYCILINE JEPKOSGEI'S WORLD RECORD

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The following world record has been ratified by the IAAF and the record has been amended in the records of the international organisation.

WORLD RECORD

Women's 10km: 29:43mx Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) Prague 9 September 2017
Previous: 30:04mx Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) Prague 1 April 2017

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