Aruna can’t afford to miss Tokyo 2020 – ATTF

first_img For the Olympic Games, El-Salhy said 86 men and 86 women are expected to compete at Tokyo 2020 with each country having two players each in men and women events. For now, Olajide Omotayo remains the only Nigerian that has qualified as Nigeria still has one more slot to be part of the tournament. “I completely believe that a top player like Aruna Quadri has a very big chance to join the African qualifiers through one of the remaining two stages of qualification due to his ranking and super performance whenever he recovers from his injury soon,” the ATTF boss said. Read Also:Aruna Quadri, Abiodun claim fifth Portuguese Super Cup “I have to admit that Aruna Quadri is a special top player in Africa and with his current ITTF ranking making him among the top 20 while his performance has shown worldwide in all previous World, Olympic, Continental and sanctioned events during the recent years. I think he cannot afford to miss the Olympic Games this year,” El-Salhy said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Reacting to speculations over the possibility eventual qualification of Africa’s highest-ranked player for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the ATTF President, Khaled El-Salhy said: “For sure the participation of Aruna Quadri in the Olympic Games is very important to ATTF as the top African ranked player and his expected super performance in such special event as he did in the last edition in Rio 2016. Normally he should have qualified in the African Qualification Tournament, unfortunately, he could not continue due to his sudden injury during the 3rd stage of group matches.” “Now the situation is that we have fulfilled two qualification stages (Team Qualification & Continental Qualification), then ATTF should work hard together with NTTF for the coming stages of qualification,” he added. According to ATTF chief, the first qualification for Quadri is to attend the final World Singles Qualifying Tournament which will be held in Qatar on May 28 to 31, with eight top players expected to qualify from the tournament. However, he said the last option which the Nigerian had met is through the June 2020 ITTF World Ranking with the top 13 players in the world expected to get their qualification through their world rating. Continental table tennis ruling body, African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) has insisted that Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri is Tokyo bound based on his world rating. Loading… Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe15 Most Astonishing Staircases In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?He Didn’t Agree With His Character Becoming Gay And Quit A Role2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Ighalo appreciates Fernandes’ qualities

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Absolutely Unique Facts About Kanye6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made The two players were the only signings Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added to his team in January with Fernandes joining on a five-and-a-half-year deal from Sporting while Ighalo moved to Manchester on a six-month loan from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua. Prior to their reunion, both players previously played together at Udinese in Serie A and the Nigerian attacker is aware of how influential the 25-year-old could be for the team. On Thursday, Fernandes assisted Ighalo in scoring his fourth Manchester United goal in their 5-0 win over LASK in their Uefa Europa League Round of 16 fixture. “It’s not my first time playing with Bruno. I played with him at Udinese back in 2010,” Ighalo told BBC Sport.Advertisement Odion Ighalo has hailed the qualities of his Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes and believes there is more coming from the Portuguese midfielder when he settles down at Old Trafford. “He’s a great player. He has vision. He’s the guy who wants the ball because he can do something fantastic with it if you give him space. He’s a good passer of the ball and he’s what this team needs to score goals. “You’re still going to see more and better from him because he is still getting used to the Premier League. When he’s finally settled Bruno Fernandes is going to do well in this team. “Before I came here I knew Manchester United were looking at him and I was hoping they would get him because he is a good player and I knew he was going to change the dynamic of the team.“He’s not going to have the best game every time but what he is going to bring to the team is going to be unbelievable.” Read Also:Pogba ‘wants new Man Utd deal’ thanks to Bruno Fernandes Ighalo has scored four goals in three starts for Manchester United so far. He will be hoping to make the starting XI when they visit Tottenham Hotspur for Sunday’s Premier League game. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Deputy Head of Japan’s Olympic committee tests positive to covid-19

first_img Loading… The deputy head of Japan’s Olympic committee, Kozo Tashima, tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, even as top government officials have reiterated that the Games would go ahead as scheduled and will not be held behind closed doors. The Japan Football Association (JFA), where Tashima, 62, doubles as the chairman, said he had travelled to Britain, the Netherlands and the United States from late February to early March, and was confirmed as positive for the virus on Tuesday afternoon. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that Group of Seven leaders had agreed to support a “complete” Olympics, but dodged questions about whether any of the leaders had brought up the possibility of postponement. 2020 Olympics: postponement gradually becoming imminent as organisers insist it will holdAdvertisement There is growing concern about whether the Olympics can proceed as planned now that the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic has brought business and social activity in countries across the world to a standstill and panic to financial markets. “I had a small fever and after I’ve got checked it also looks like I have symptoms of pneumonia, but I’m doing fine,” Tashima said through the JFA. He said he would continue treatment at a local health facility. Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto said the Games would be held on time and with spectators present, but the organizers  said the torch relay kick off, slated for Fukushima on March 26, will be held without spectators. Read AlsoTokyo 1940: The Games that became the ‘Missing Olympics’ The JFA said it would disinfect its headquarters and investigate where those present at its board meetings have travelled. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more

Yemen rebels free 290 detainees

first_imgA Yemeni detainee is greeted by his relative and friends after his release from a prison controlled by Houthi rebels, in Sanaa, Yemen on Sept. 30, 2019. AP The International Committee of the RedCross said the Iran-aligned rebels, known as Houthis, freed 290 detainees. SANAA – Yemen’s rebels on Mondayreleased scores of detainees they had rounded up and held for years inrebel-controlled territory, a development that raised hopes of reviving stalledpeace talks between the warring sides.center_img Franz Rauchenstein, the ICRC’s chief inYemen, said the Red Cross facilitated the release following a request from theHouthis. He expressed hope this would open the door to “further releases tobring comfort to families awaiting reunification with their loved ones.” (AP)last_img read more

Revival of Iloilo-Guam sisterhood pushed

first_imgThe four-day business missionintroduced Western Visayas as a viable vacation destination for Guam residents,as well as Guam-based US military servicemen and their families. Oso together with Provincial TourismOfficer Bombette Marin and other Iloilo delegates presented the currenteconomic developments in the city and province of Iloilo which could attractmore investors. They also promoted the various heritage and tourismdestinations in Iloilo that Guam residents could visit. Oso noted that Filipinos comprisearound 40 percent of Guam’s population and there are many Ilonggos working andliving there. “There is a construction boom in Guamand with us having a good relationship with Guam we can send Ilonggo workersthere thus creating employment opportunities for our people,” Oso said. Iloilo and Guam established asisterhood relationship in 1989 by virtue of Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP)Resolution No. 91, Series of 1989 under then governor Simplicio Griño and ViceGov. Ramon Duremdes. Oso, vice chairperson of theSangguniang Panlalawigan committee on tourism, was one of the delegates in theFirst Western Visayas Agriculture, Trade/Investment, Tourism and CulturalMission to Guam held from Sept. 10 to 16. Oso said with recent developments inIloilo and in Guam, it is high time that the sisterhood agreement be revived toopen new opportunities. ILOILO – Fourth District ProvincialBoard member Domingo Oso pushes for the revival of the sisterhood agreementbetween this province and the US territory of Guam to open employment, tourismand investment opportunities in both areas. He said the visa waiver could boostthe chances of opening the direct flight from Iloilo to Guam and vice versawhich is being pushed by the American Association of Western Visayas./PN Oso added they are also pushing forthe waiver of visa requirement for Filipinos going to Guam so that Filipinoscould easily visit their relatives and friends there.  He said there have been initial talksbetween Iloilo’s Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. and Guam’s Gov. Lourdes Leon Guerreroand both of them are amenable to the plan.last_img read more

House raid nets firearm, bullets

first_imgA 45-caliber pistol with two magazinesand 10 live bullets were confiscated from the house, the report added.  Armed with a search warrant, officersof the municipal police station raided the house of 35-year-old Raul Gonzagaaround 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, a police report showed.  Gonzaga failed to show pertinentpapers proving his legal ownership of the weapon, police said. Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Cyclamen Jison-Fernandez of the Regional Trial Court in LaCarlota City, Negros Occidental dated Oct. 10, 2019.center_img BACOLOD City – Police arrested a manin a house raid in Barangay Tinongan, Isabela, Negros Occidental. The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Isabela police station, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition RegulationAct./PNlast_img read more

Fire at New Delhi factory kills 43

first_imgThe factory was making handbags andlots of raw material was stored inside the building due to which the firespread quickly, local media reported. However, no details were immediatelyavailable on the cause of the fire.    The fire was doused and a team ofNational Disaster Response Force was searching the factory to find out if anymore people were trapped, a police official said.(Reuters) Ambulances and a firefighting vehicle responded at the scene of a deadly fire that swept through a factory where laborers were sleeping, in New Delhi, India on Dec. 8, in this still image taken from a video. ANI/VIA REUTERS TV “Till now we have rescued more than 50people, most of them were affected due to smoke,” Delhi Fire Services officialAtul Garg said, adding those injured were admitted in four nearbyhospitals.  MUMBAI – At least 43 people werekilled in India’s capital New Delhi on Sunday when a fire swept through asix-story factory where laborers were sleeping, government officials said.last_img read more

Bacolod City spurns Reds

first_imgIn a bid to attain inclusive andsustainable peace in the capital city, Bacolodmade the declaration through a resolution passed by the City Councillast week. The Philippine Army’s 303rd InfantryBrigade based in neighboring Murcia town lauded the move this city. “We must always take sides. Neutralityhelps the oppressor, never the oppressed. Silence encourages the tormentor,never the tormented” is apt,” he added./PN “The atrocities perpetrated by thecommunist-terrorist group does not only disturb the socio-economic status ofthe city and the province, but more importantly, it hinders the goal ofachieving peace and order,” a portion of the resolution read. “It’s a welcome development. It reallyshows their great desire to keep Bacolod City free from the influence of theCPP-NPA. I hope (more) cities and municipalities will follow the lead ofBacolod,” brigade commander Brigadier General Benedict Arevalo said.center_img BACOLOD City – The local governmentunit of this city has declared leaders and members of the Communist Party ofthe Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, as persona non grata(unwelcome person). Councilor Al Victor Espino, whoauthored the resolution as chairperson of the City Council committee on policematters, peace and order, and illegal drugs, confirmed the approval of theresolution on Friday. “There is also a need to reframe andrefocus the government policy for achieving inclusive and sustainable peace byrecognizing that insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and otherarmed conflicts and threats are not only military and security concerns, butare symptomatic of broader social, economic and historical problems suchpoverty, historical injustice, social inequality, and lack of inclusivity,among others,” it added.last_img read more

Protests over citizenship law leave 2 dead in India

first_imgPolice stop demonstrators during a protest against a new citizenship law in Chennai, India on Dec. 18. They added atleast one of the two dead had been shot.   Localgovernment official Sindhu Rupesh said there had been clashes between crowdsand police in Mangaluru since Thursday afternoon, despite restrictions imposedon public gatherings.(Reuters)center_img NEW DELHI – Twopersons died of injuries suffered in violent protests against India’s newcitizenship law in the southern Indian city of Mangaluru, hospital officialssaid on Thursday.last_img read more

Panelo: Duterte order on VFA termination not ‘fake news’

first_img“If he (Duterte) has not given theinstruction yet to ES, it does not mean the (information) I shared with mediais untrue. It only means ES has not yet gotten the directive from PRRD,” headded.  “What (Lorenzana) meant is(Medialdea) has yet to receive the instruction. That is what (Medialdea) alsotold me last night — that he has not received the instruction yet from PRRD.There is no inconsistency,” Panelo said. “I was quoting PRRD (President RodrigoR. Duterte) of what he told me,” Panelo said in a short message to the media.“There was no inconsistency in the President’s stance on the VFA.” Panelo insisted that Duterte hasinstructed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to inform Foreign AffairsSecretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. of his latest order to notify the US about therevocation of the 22-year-old VFA. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo insists that there is an official order from President Rodrigo Duterte to send a formal notice to the United States for the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement. ABS-CBN NEWS MANILA – Presidential SpokespersonSalvador Panelo insisted that there is an official order from President RodrigoDuterte to send a formal notice to the United States for the termination of theVisiting Forces Agreement (VFA).center_img President Duterte has earlier orderedthe termination of VFA due to US senators demand the release from detention ofopposition senator Leila De Lima; US Senate resolution condemning drug war;amendment to US budget barring entry of Philippine officials linked to De Lima’sarrest; and cancellation of Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa’s US visa. Ratified by the Philippine Senate in1999, the VFA allowed US troops to train and advise the Philippine military indisaster response and anti-terrorist operations, but banned US forces fromparticipating in combat operations. Under the two-decade military pactbetween the Philippines and the US, the VFA can be terminated via a writtennotice from either of the countries. Expiration will come 180 days from thetime either party notifies the other./PN Panelo came up with a statement onSaturday night after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana branded as “fake news”the President’s fresh directive, which was released by the Palace spokespersonon Friday.last_img read more

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