Suspended President of Nigeria’s Para-Powerlifting Federation banned for life

first_imgRelatedPosts Sports Minister, others caused my resignation, World Cup hitches — Ex- NPPF President Para Powerlifting board suspends President Breaking: Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation President resigns The Investigative and Disciplinary Committee set up by the Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation on Friday said the federation’s embattled President, Queen Uboh-Idris, violated the Code of Conduct guiding the federation. The head of the panel, Fred Edoreh, in a brief chat with the media on the panel’s findings and recommendations after one month of activities, gave an overview of the report. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NPPF had set up a five-man panel to look into the alleged infractions committed by its president. The federation also gave it the mandate to recommend disciplinary actions. The panel, which concluded the one-month investigative activities, has Edoreh as Chairman, Pius Asaba as Secretary, with Sunny Odebode, Samuel Eke-Omah and Omende Thompson as other members. Edoreh said the panel made painstaking efforts to make far-reaching decisions on the allegations of infractions committed by Uboh-Idris, and found out there were some lapses in her manner of administration. He said: “We held a meeting and we decided that we are going to operate on the code of ethics of the federation given by the Sports Ministry. “We spoke with the accused, who is the president, board members and many stakeholders of the NPPF. “We even wrote to the Sports Ministry to ensure that we gave a fair hearing. “All our reports are cross-examined and we also double-checked our facts whenever in doubt and we were able to arrive at our conclusions.” Edoreh disclosed that several invitations were sent to Uboh-Idris, but she did not at any point honour the invitation. He said: “We spoke with Uboh-Idris, but she did not respond to us. “We wrote her several letters of summons and, as the chairman, I spoke with her on several occasions on the need to respect the constituted panel. “Uboh-Idris told us that if she must accept our invitation, then we should send a return ticket to her in Canada and also provide an accommodation at Oriental Hotels. “She also demanded that we pay $2,000 for the upkeep of her children to a nanny in Canada when she would be away to Nigeria. “Obviously, the terms and conditions cannot be met. “So, officially, Uboh-Idris did not appear before the panel. “The only thing we had was some form of communication and few documents at our disposal.” Edoreh said the allegations against Uboh-Idris were grievous, and they include arbitrariness, unilateral decision-making and bad governance. He said: “The allegations were grievous and we eventually found out that there were indeed issues of unilateral actions and bad governance. “She did not adhere to the code of conduct of the federation. “The Federation is not operating a Constitution, which is a problem. “So, they are operating a code of governance handed over to the federations by the Sports Ministry. “Some of the actions of the president were at variance with the code of governance. “So, we need to look into all the books painstakingly so as to make sure that we have a fair judgment. “I can also say that even though Uboh-Idris is a resourceful person, by organising two world events in Nigeria in 2019 and 2020, and she was able to raise funds for it, but she should have carried all the board members along.” NAN reports that the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development had earlier condemned Uboh-Idris for actions which embarrassed the country. The ministry had asked her to explain the reason behind the damaging actions she took against the country’s interests. She reportedly used her private e-mail for official correspondence, committed Nigeria to the hosting of three World Cups without recourse to procedure or clearance from the Ministry as the supervising authority. The Ministry added: “She also unilaterally set up committees without input from the Ministry. “She appointed a consultant without informing the supervising Ministry, denied athletes accreditation, locked out officials, even as she withheld information on the number of participating countries until the start of the tournament. “All these infractions embarrassed the country.” The Ministry had said her actions were a disrespect to the country and must be corrected in order not to send the wrong signals to the international community. It said: “The Ministry is aware that the board of Para-Powerlifting has stepped into the matter and the Ministry is monitoring what is happening.” The NPPF board, going by the recommendations of the panel, is now expected to impeach Uboh-Idris and also impose a life ban on her from all the federation’s activities.Tags: Fred EdorehNigeria Para-Powerlifting FederationOmende ThompsonPius AsabaQUeen Uboh-IdrisSamuel Eke-OmahSunny Odebodelast_img read more

Flanagan: Gerrard deserves title

first_img Press Association After Sunday’s significant 3-2 win over Manchester City the clearly emotional Reds captain was at the centre of a team huddle dishing out words of advice to his team-mates. Gerrard, who is more desperate than most to claim a championship winners’ medal as it is the only honour missing from his trophy cabinet, effectively told the players they had to forget the result and turn their focus to struggling Norwich at Carrow Road next weekend. Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan believes no one deserves a league title more than captain Steven Gerrard. The England skipper is more than just a leader, he is an institution at the club and his determination to see through the job of ending a 24-year wait for a title in their final four games has been imprinted on his team-mates. “It is phenomenal. He has carried this club for years and he deserves this,” said young defender Flanagan. “I think all the lads are doing it for themselves but for also for Stevie as well.” Liverpool produced their trademark fast start at home and were 2-0 inside 26 minutes courtesy of Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel and, although they were pegged back after the break through David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal, Philippe Coutinho struck the winner. While no one at Anfield is getting ahead of themselves, Flanagan believes the performance and result against City, now seven points behind them at the sharp end of the table, has proved they have the nerve to successfully negotiate the final month of the season. “They are a great side and we have sent a message out – it was a great performance and a great three points,” he added. “There are always nerves going into such a big game in the title race but as soon as the game is on you focus on that. “We knew they were going to come out strongly (in the second half) and there was a bit of sloppy defending for their two goals but we still showed our spirit and finally got the third goal. “We can believe now. All the fans are believing we can do it now and we said in the huddle we’ll go again next week as we’ve done nothing yet and that result has gone now. “We have to stay focused and go again at Norwich away, we have to keep going right until the end.” The two downsides to the victory were the very late red card shown to midfielder Jordan Henderson for his studs-up tackle on Pablo Zabaleta, which will rule him out for three matches, and the hamstring problem sustained by Daniel Sturridge, who left the ground limping heavily. “Sturridge felt tightness in his hamstring so we will see how that is in the next couple of days,” said manager Brendan Rodgers. “The only sour point to the game is Henderson’s red card. “He has just had a touch late on in the game, probably through tiredness, but he actually touches the ball as he stretches for it. “I felt that was a bit harsh and it is unfortunate as he has been brilliant for us.” Rodgers displayed his tactical flexibility again as, with the game being taken away from his side at 2-2, he made a switch which paid off. “Second half you expect City to come back and the first goal gave them momentum and we were unfortunate to concede the second,” he said. “I felt they started to get more energy so we changed from the diamond to 4-3-3 to open up the game a bit when we had the ball but also to protect the sides when we were defending and that allowed us to get some control back.” Neither Luis Suarez nor Sturridge came anywhere close to their best but the efforts of others meant they were not missed. “We don’t demand goals from the strikers, we just demand they give their best and some days they have off days but they are working for the cause, which is most important,” added the Reds boss. “Raheem Sterling’s goal was brilliant, showing great strength and then making the yard (of space) against top players and score with that composure is what we want.” last_img read more

Syracuse splits doubleheader at Felsberg Invitational to open season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 8, 2020 at 7:42 pm Contact Eli: efjarjou@syr.edu Syracuse (1-1) split its Saturday doubleheader at the Felsberg Invitational, beating Penn State (3-1) in the season opener before losing to host Florida International (2-1). SU knocked off the Nittany Lions 5-4 before falling to FIU 2-1, and both games came after the Orange were scheduled to play on Friday until a travel complication pushed their 2020 debut to Saturday morning. SU’s veterans started their season off strong as junior Gabby Teran went 3-for-7 on the day with a home run and three RBIs, while senior Alexa Romero pitched a complete game in her first start of the year.Syracuse went down early against PSU when the bottom of the Nittany Lions order strung together a few hits. At the top of the second, PSU’s Dani Fey tripled with runners on second and third and was sent home on a subsequent single. The Nittany Lions doubled and then scored on a throwing error by shortstop Neli Casares-Maher in the very next inning, extending their lead to four runs.Teran homered for SU’s first hit of the season in the bottom of the third and would tack on an RBI triple in the fifth frame to cut the lead to two. Syracuse loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning and PSU walked in two runs to tie up the contest heading into the seventh.Both SU and Penn State failed to win the game in regulation. In extras, Romero would prove to be the hero for Syracuse. After the runner placed at second advanced to third on a passed ball by catcher Jude Padilla, Romero struck out two to retire the side and get out of the jam. At the bottom of the inning, Toni Martin stole third and reached home on an error to walk it off for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the second game against FIU, freshman Kaia Oliver made her Syracuse debut and took her first loss despite an impressive outing. After a pitching duel for three innings, the Panthers broke the game open on the basepaths in the fourth. FIU’s Alexis Ross hit an infield single to lead off the inning and advanced all the way to third after a steal and a wild pitch. The Panthers singled to take the lead but the scoring didn’t end there. An FIU single would put runners at the corners and another steal by the Panthers brought runners to second and third. A potential double play became a fielder’s choice on the next at-bat and SU found themselves down two runs to none.Syracuse got its last real chance in the sixth inning when freshman Rebecca Clyde hit a leadoff triple and scored on a 16-pitch single by Teran — who stole second on the next at-bat but couldn’t advance further. A Jamie Gregg strikeout followed by an Alex Acevedo pop up halted SU’s momentum and three straight flyouts in the seventh inning ended the Orange’s comeback attempt.Syracuse will resume action tomorrow in its final game of the Felsberg Invitational against Michigan State. Commentslast_img read more