Nominations are now open for the 2018 edition of the prestigious Nigerian Sports Award as entries from the general public for the various categories start on May 23 and runs till October 7, 2018.Speaking at a press conference to herald the commencement of activities for the 2018 edition, the Chairman of the award panel who is also the Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, explained that 2018 edition of the award promises to be more exciting especially with the performances of Nigerian athletes in their various sports from 2017 till date and even as the country prepares for participation at the World Cup in Russia.According to Tandoh, there are 21 categories of awards that are open for nominations this year and the list include; Racket Sports Person of the Year tennis, (table tennis, badminton and squash, tennis) Team Sports Person of the Year, Coach of the Year, Combat Sports Personality of the Year (karate, judo, taekwondo, wrestling, wrestling and boxing), Wrestler of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Footballer of the Year (Women), Footballer of the Year (Men), Athletics Star of the Year, School Sports Award, Sports Administrator of the Year, Sports Governor of the Year and Para Sports Person of the Year. He noted that the new categories introduced for in the 2018 edition of the award was in line with new development and exemplary performances recorded by athletes in recent competitive games.Speaking on the nomination process and the mechanics, the Executive Director, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Mr. Kayode Idowu, revealed that the nominations can be done through website – www.nigeriansportsaward.com/nominations and via the various social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook in order to drive massive participation from the public.Idowu explained that the sport lovers and the public have the opportunity to nominate via Twitter using the hashtag for each category.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Source: Talk Sports Arsenal came back from two goals down against Tottenham to draw 2-2 in a pulsating north London derby on Sunday.Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane had given Spurs a comfortable lead before Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang pegged their rivals back.Aubameyang poaching in the equalizerSpurs have not won a league game at the Emirates Stadium since November 2010, but appeared on course to break that duck after Eriksen’s 50th Premier League goal and Kane’s penalty – his 10th goal in his last 10 games against Arsenal – put them in prime position to do so.But, after mistakes from Bernd Leno and Granit Xhaka had left them vulnerable, Unai Emery’s Gunners fought back, Lacazette pulling one back in first-half stoppage time before Aubameyang equalized in a frenetic second half.Neither side had a particularly good day defensively, despite Jan Vertonghen making his first appearance of the campaign for Tottenham, with boss Mauricio Pochettino shifting Davinson Sanchez to right-back after last weekend’s shock defeat at home to Newcastle.Arsenal also went into the game on the back of a loss, at Liverpool, and Emery responded by starting Aubameyang, Lacazette and big-money summer signing Nicolas Pepe together for the first time.Harry Kane extending Spurs’ lead through the spot-kickThe hosts enjoyed plenty of the ball in the opening stages, Pepe, in particular, looking sharp whenever in possession, but they could not force Hugo Lloris into any meaningful work.In contrast, Tottenham was ahead from their first genuine attack as Eriksen was on hand to tap home from point-blank range after Leno could only push Erik Lamela’s shot into the feet of the Dane, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Spurs before Monday’s European transfer deadline.The visitors were close to doubling their lead before the half-hour mark, David Luiz allowing Heung-min Son to run through at goal and unleash a curling effort that Leno did brilliantly to tip behind.Pepe – the brightest of Arsenal’s attacking trio in the first half-hour, bent a free-kick wide before Leno again failed to hold a fairly routine strike, this time only pawing Kane’s effort into Son before his cross was cleared.As he did with his error for the goal, Leno soon made amends as he dived full stretch to save an Eriksen free-kick.Lacazette celebrating after pulling one backThere was nothing he could do moments later when Spurs were awarded a penalty – Xhaka steaming in recklessly and diving in to challenge Son after the ball had gone.Kane stepped up and continued his fine goalscoring record in the derby by smashing the spot-kick home to double the lead.Lloris saved from Pepe but Lacazette, quiet by his standards in the opening 45 minutes, lashed home from six yards to half the deficit on the stroke of half-time.Arsenal again started the half on top but was reliant on a fine, low save from Leno to deny Son, with Lloris equalling his counterpart to push a Matteo Guendouzi strike behind.Sead Kolasinac could not make telling contact as the resulting corner dropped his way and Lacazette sent a speculative effort wide with the hosts rallying for a leveler.In an end-to-end contest, Kane rattled the inside of the post with a fine bending effort – but Aubameyang then drew Arsenal level with 20 minutes remaining as he prodded home Guendouzi’s perfectly weighted through ball.
LOCKS REPLACED It is alleged that Villiers repeatedly told the board that the employees were on leave, but failed to provide specifics as it relates to their respect scheduled dates of return. The HR manager subsequently claimed to be on leave herself, further delaying the board’s access to the files. The Gleaner understands that a locksmith was then brought in on Monday and the locks to the department replaced. Pommells, who would not go into the specifics behind the situation, did, however, confirm that the locks were in fact changed to secure access to the files. “I wasn’t on location, but I have been informed that in order to gain access to certain areas of the office; certain changes – certain locks had to be changed, and certain actions had to be taken to gain access to certain areas of the office I gather that has been done,” Pommells said yesterday. According to our sources, the files of senior accountant Andrew Wright, who is also a promoter of popular party series ‘Chug It’ and ‘French Connection’, along with Karita Davis, an executive secretary at the agency, were among those of interest to the board. However, the pair has not reported to the agency since the board’s suspension of administrative director Ian Andrews in February, with claims that they are on leave – something the board had not been able to confirm without the requested files. The Gleaner further understands that the board and its consultant, David Mais have been trying to meet with Wright as a key member of the management group, but have not been able to do so. They had also not been furnished with his file and those of other members of staff to determine employment status, leave entitlements, and so on. Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) chairman Lloyd ‘Bunny’ Pommells underlines that several steps are being taken by his administration to correct issues raised in a recent Auditor General audit of the agency, while confirming a lock-changing incident at the organisation earlier this week. The auditor general Pamela Monroe-Ellis raised concerns over the lack of proper controls and financial management at INSPORTS, a failure to implement standard operational procedures and irregular board meetings which she underlined, hampered the operations of the agency. Pommells, who took control of the INSPORTS board in June 2016, after the audited period, which actually took place under the stewardship of former board chairman Don Anderson, noted that the agency has since improved in these areas, said that the board is determined to develop a culture of accountability and proper governance at the agency charged with recognising and developing grassroots talent in core sports. Also, the locks to the Human Resources Department at INSPORTS were on Monday changed upon instructions by the board of directors, who had tried for weeks to gain access to employee files in its general assessment efforts. This after a request to HR manager Audrey Villiers to present the files of key members of staff were not met after over a month of attempts.