The organisers of the annual Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on Wednesday said the hosting of the 42km race in 2021 was not under threat yet in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Media Officer of the race, Kayode Thomas, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. Thomas said he was optimistic that the race, which achieved a silver label this year, would not be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that had limited a number of sport events worldwide.He said: “Next year’s marathon will go ahead as planned.“It is true that some marathons across the world have been cancelled, but some are going on as planned, just like Hamburg in Germany.“The Hamburg Marathon is one of the biggest in the world and it is coming up in September as planned, but because of restrictions in Germany, the organisers have scaled down the number of participants.“The number of runners for the race have been scaled down to 10,000 runners, but as the case is, Nigeria is better off in terms of COVID-19 pandemic compared to Germany in terms of outbreak. “What the organisers have put in place in Germany is social distancing and other protocols and also modifying the race in so many ways but the race will go on as planned.”Thomas said nothing would stop the planned 2021 edition of the marathon, but that the race could be modified to accommodate the fallouts from the COVID-19 pandemic.He added: “I don’t see anything stopping the 2021 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.“May be there could be some adjustments.“We have a Technical Director in person of Yusuf Alli, who is conversant with the development of races all over the world. “So the Technical Department might also be in Hamburg.“They will also visit other races to observe what they are doing.“I am yet to envisage any problem with Nigeria’s race.“We should not forget that football has resumed across the Europe, but with some adjustments.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians “I think we will also follow same protocol for the 2021 marathon as well.”Tags: 2021 Access Bank Lagos City MarathonAccess BankCOVID-19threat
Regal to contest all three finalsBy Frederick HalleyHISTORY will be created at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Camp Road, today when the third edition of the Prime Minister T20 Softball Cup climaxes with the finals. In what is considered unprecedented, Regal will vie for supremacy in all three categories of the tournament; the Open team clashing with Grill Masters of Berbice, the Over-45 battling with Mike’s Wellman in a repeat of last year’s final and the Over-50 vying for honours against New York’s President’s X1in the Over-50 which was introduced for the first time this year.Facing unbeaten SVC New York in yesterday’s Open semi-final, played at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground, Queenstown, Regal were indebted to a swashbuckling knock of 77 from left-handed opener Sachin Singh, who followed up his blazing 110 the previous day, smashing 11 sixes and a four off a mere 33 balls. Ravindra Ramnath supported with 30. Richard Latiff (three for 38), Bobby Prahalad (three for 42) and Mark Harold (three for 47) were the main bowlers.Set the daunting task of scoring 186 for victory in the allotted 20 overs, SVC New York were bowled out for 156 in 17 overs, going down by 28 runs. Delbert Hicks (37) and Sarfraz Esau (33) were the main contributors as Kelvin Orford ended with three for 32, Delroy Perreira two for 21 and Roy Persaud two for 29.The other semi-final, played at Malteenoes, saw Grill Masters racing to a mammoth 203 for eight in a game which was reduced to 15 overs. Opener David Looknauth blasted 10 sixes and two fours in a whirlwind 76 while Latchman Rohit took three for 15.Opponents Cotton Tree Wild Oats were bowled out for 104, losing by 99 runs. K Persaud and Kevin Sinclair took three for 13 and 33 respectively.Over at the Queen’s College ground, SVC Corrivertom were restricted to 133 all out in their Over-45 encounter versus defending champions Regal Masters. S. Persaud hit a top score of 38 while P. Singh supported with 28. David Harper finished with three for 21 and Ramesh Deonarine three for 26.Deonarine then hit four fours and two sixes in 46 while skipper Mahendra Arjune (26) and Uniss Yusuff (25) were also among the runs.At Transport, Troy Lewis led the charge for Mike’s Wellman; his brilliant 80 was decorated with 10 fours and three sixes as Mike’s Wellman reached a formidable 230 for four in 20 overs. Nandran Samlall hit 33 while Captain Wayne Jones was unbeaten on 29.Narine Masters, in reply, were routed for a paltry 77 with S. Perch bagging four for 13.In the Over-50 category, played at Queen’s College, Regal Legends restricted Savage Legends to 140 for eight with Randolph Perreira hitting 44. Eon Abell starred with the ball with the impressive figures of five for 21.Regal Legends reached the required target in 16.4 overs with Hakim Majeed (38). Mahesh Chunilall (28) and Eon Abel (27) being the main scorers.Over at the YMCA ground, New York President’s XI defeated Rockaway Legends by seven wickets, reaching 131 for three in 17 overs after reducing their opponents to 129 for six. Peter Persaud was unbeaten on 37.Today’s action gets underway at 9.30 hrs and will also feature a women’s 10-over game. The Open final is set to be played under floodlights, another first for the three-year old tournament.
NERVES OF STEEL 💪🇺🇸Megan Rapinoe scores her 50th international goal from the penalty spot and gives USA the lead in the #FIFAWWC final! pic.twitter.com/gjPpYOrcyl— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 7, 2019Rapinoe, vocal leader both on and off the pitch, has been on the receiving end of criticism and praise as she continued to stand up for racial equity, pay equality and LGBTQIA+ rights.Rapinoe continued to use her platform even after the win and spoke Sunday about the team’s fight for equal pay. She also called for action from the U.S. Soccer Federation (USFF). Related News Megan Rapinoe was seeing gold Sunday, literally.The USWNT star started in the World Cup final against the Netherlands and scored the team’s first goal en route to the USA’s fourth cup title. Rapinoe was awarded the gold medal and also received the Golden Boot and Golden Ball. Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe tells FIFA president she wants action on equal pay Women’s World Cup 2019: Jill Ellis’ press conference hilariously interrupted as mom wants to FaceTime Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe wins Golden Boot She was quickly able to change gears from the match itself to the problems surrounding the game as a whole but was never once distracted when it came time to play.Jill Ellis praised the national team veteran after half a decade coaching Rapinoe.”I think it speaks volumes about her as a person,” Ellis told reporters. “I think Megan was built for this, built for these moments, built to be a spokesperson for others. I’ve sat in a couple of pressers with her and she’s just incredibly eloquent. I think speaks well and speaks from her heart. We need people like that in the game, to be honest, to call things for what they are.” Ellis was asked if she had any problems with Rapinoe speaking out on various issues and she was quick to answer no.”In terms of her dealing with this, no, I never had any issues with that because for the past four and a half-five years I’ve seen what she’s capable of,” Ellis said. “I think almost the bigger the spotlight the more she shines. Sometimes spotlights can burn people but I think for Megan it just highlights who she is.”