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Breaking: Anthony Joshua Suffers Second Defeat In Career, lose to Oleksandr Usyk

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British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua hasn’t lost to Oleksandr Usyk in an extraordinary match held at the  Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to win the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles.

Usyk dominated from the first bell, outclassing Joshua with a sublime performance in front of 67,000 fans in London.

 

Scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 were just rewarded after a sensational display from the unbeaten Usyk, who became only the third fighter after Evander Holyfield and David Haye to win the world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.

 

This is the second defeat Joshua has suffered in his entire career.

 

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FIRSTBANK SPONSORS THE 5TH EDITION OF THE CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO GOLF TOURNAMENT

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Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (middle); Mr. Tunde Owolabi, Group Executive, Retail Banking (Lagos & West), First Bank of Nigeria Limited (right) and Mr. Kola Adeneye, Captain of Abeokuta Golf Club (left), following a courtesy visit to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta on Monday, ahead of the FirstBank sponsored 5th Olusegun Obasanjo Open Golf Championship organised by Abeokuta Golf Club, scheduled for this weekend.

First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its sponsorship of the 5th edition of the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo golf tournament, organized by the Abeokuta golf club. The competition, which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, 14th August 2021 will have Chief Obasanjo perform the ceremonial Tee-off to the glamour of the 150 golfers participating from across Nigeria. 

Speaking on the competition, Kola Adeneye, the Captain of the Abeokuta golf club, said; “Abeokuta golf club is putting up this tournament, fully sponsored by First Bank of Nigeria Limited to celebrate Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, whom we all know to be an icon, a patriotic Nigerian and an entrepreneur. He is worthy to be celebrated and it’s not only when somebody dies that you celebrate him.

“So, Abeokuta golf club has put this tournament together to celebrate him and this is the fifth edition and we want to sincerely thank FirstBank for the support… It’s going to be a wonderful experience, a nice outing for golfers all over Nigeria to come and celebrate Baba Olusegun Obasanjo”, the captain emphasised.

Highlighting the Bank’s contribution to sports development in Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Owolabi, FirstBank’s Group Executive, Retail Banking (Lagos & West) said “we are delighted to join The Abeokuta Golf Club to honour Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for the indelible roles he has played to the socio-economic and political development of the country. The Bank’s influence in the development of sports in Nigeria is under its [email protected] initiative.

“In over a century, FirstBank has sponsored various sporting events known as its legacy sport. These events include the Georgian Cup of Kaduna Polo Club, for over 100 years; the Dala Tennis Hard Court in Kano Club for over 30 years; the FirstBank Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship in Ikoyi Club which will be in its 60th year this November and the Obasanjo Pro-Amateur tournament of Abeokuta Club now in its 5th year”, he concluded.

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Heritage Bank Praised for supporting Ibadan Golf Club 

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Heritage Bank Plc has been commended for its continued supports of Nigeria’s sports sector, especially backing the Ibadan Golf Club’s 30th-anniversary event. 

The event that attracted dignitaries and stakeholders from various parastatals also had the presence of the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde and over 150 golfers participated in the tournament during the weeklong celebration.

In a speech during the grand finale of the 30th anniversary of the club, the Captain of the Ibadan Golf Club, Oladiran Ibironke commended one of Nigeria’s most vibrant financial institutions, Heritage Bank and others for providing financial support to ensure the success of the event.

“Special thanks to Heritage Bank Plc., the anniversary’s major sponsor for enlarging our coast financially in order to make the anniversary elaborate and eventful. You will forever be remembered in the history of Ibadan Golf Club,” he stated.

Ibironke also praised the efforts of the founding fathers of the club while tracing the history of how the sporting club has continued to blossom.

He stated that tremendous transformations had occurred within the club since its inception 30 years ago.

“We are celebrating 30 years today because some great minds came together and established what we are celebrating today.

“From the history that we heard,   they started from Ibadan Recreation Club before moving over to where we are today in 1990,” Ibironke said.

Speaking on the 30th anniversary, the Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, Ozena Utulu noted that the Bank is delighted to be the lead sponsor and to be associated with Ibadan Golf Club, stating that the sponsorship is hinged on its brand’s passion to support sports, especially golf in promoting health, wellbeing, and nation-building.

She stated that Heritage Bank, as the sponsor of Ibadan Golf Club’s 30th anniversary, is working assiduously towards achieving its vision of becoming a bank known for promoting healthy lifestyles and the general wellbeing of the society at large.

“Heritage Bank believes in development. We have the tenacity to develop and sport is a way of developing Nigerians both young and old. We want to encourage the golfers; I believe that this type of games is capable of helping them to keep healthy and fit,” Utulu stated.

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LAGOS ACCESS BANK MARATHON RACE: LAGOS POLICE FORTIFY SECURITY, PLEAD WITH MOTORIST TO PLY ALTERNATE ROUTES

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HAkeem Odumosu

 

In preparation for the annual Lagos/Access Bank Marathon race scheduled to hold on Saturday 10th April, 2021, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for deployment of adequate police operatives across the state, particularly at strategic places and designated routes for the race, to beef up security.

The proactive steps of the Commissioner of Police were geared towards providing security for the athletes, especially the elite athletes, the officials, the invited dignitaries, water and refreshment points and other facilities meant for the event.

The Commissioner of Police had earlier ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, to design an Operation Order, numbered CJ: 3910/LS/DOPS/VOL.28/63, dated 8th April, 2021, to that effect, to cater for general security and public safety during and after the race; and to manage the heavy traffic, which is imminent due to the closure of some roads across the state on Saturday.

The Commissioner of Police has also ordered officers and men detailed for the special duty to keep miscreants and hoodlums at bay in order to avoid any attacks or harassment on the athletes and other participating dignitaries right from the starting point, the first gate of the National Stadium, Surulere, to the terminal point, the Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos.

By and large, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has however appealed to the general public, especially those who have essential reasons to move around while the race lasts, to be patient, law-abiding and cooperate with police officers and other security agents deplored for the special duty across the state for smooth traffic management and general safety of all and sundry.

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