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Fifa, Ghana strike deal to stave off crisis in football administration

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Fifa have reached an agreement with Ghanaian authorities to appoint a Normalisation Committee to run football in the country.

The decision was taken on Thursday, August 16 in Zurich, Switzerland after a four-member delegation from Ghana met with the world football’s governing body.

Fifa have backed out of the August 27 ultimatum issued to Ghanaian authorities to withdraw a court case against the Ghana FA.

However, the warning stands, the local football body must not be liquidated.

The meeting resolved as follows:

1. The President of Ghana and Fifa have committed to work together to offer leadership in reforming football leadership in Ghana and in Africa.

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2. That the Government of Ghana and Fifa shall work closely to eridicate corruption and malfeasance and other associated criminal conduct from the administration of football in Ghana.

3. The Government of Ghana and Fifa shall establish a joint task force to create proper disciplinary, governance and auditing mechanisms, as well as ensure that persons who are found culpable are punished in accordance with Ghanaian domestic laws and Fifa and Fifa Statutes.

4. Fifa upon consultation with Government of Ghana and Caf shall establish a normalization committee to replace the executive committee of the Ghana Football Association.

5. Fifa in consultation with Government of Ghana and Caf shall appoint persons with integrity and competence to constitute the membership of the normalization committee.

6. Satisfied with the above measures, the Government of Ghana shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association.”

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Basketball league set to boost women basketball in Africa— President

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The President of the Basketball Africa League (BAL), Amadou Gallo Fall, has disclosed that the organisation is working with world basketball governing body, FIBA, to boost and nurture female talents and grow the women sport on the continent.

According to Fall, BAL which started as a men’s tournament four years ago, has launched an initiative which will incorporate the females so as to grow the game.

Fall who spoke to sports journalists in Kigali, Rwanda, where the competition is currently going on, said the key challenge for the body is to expand the female talent pool across the continent and
hopes to lay a strong foundation across the continent through its BAL4HER project, which aims to advance gender equity and celebrate women in the sports industry.

He stated that BAL will run a five-day camp for 20 top Under-23 women’s players from 14 African countries alongside the play-offs in Rwanda with the aim to empower and develop young female athletes on and off the court.

“There is a women’s club championship that FIBA is running and we built the BAL on the foundation of club basketball that FIBA used to run,” he said.

“We contribute towards investment in growing the women’s game. The foundation is laid. We need to continue to support women’s participation in the sport and the development at grassroots level working with FIBA.

“I know the women’s game is very popular in certain countries – Senegal, Mozambique, Egypt, Mali and Nigeria.

“We want to grow the women’s game to make sure there are more countries playing the sport.”

The BAL President added that this far, work is already being done by his organisation to boost the women’s game.

“This is a way to continue to build capacity, make the industry accessible for women and especially help them grow on their journey to becoming the best basketball players they can be.

“They will be mentored by elite coaches and this will be an opportunity to talk to them about opportunities and careers in sport.

“They have a chance to learn more about the industry and the work the BAL is doing, and we want to continue to provide those mentorships. That will all contribute in building this world-class league we are endeavouring to build.”

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Kenya’s Paris Olympics shaky as athletes threaten trials boycott over stadium dilemma

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The chances of Kenyan athletes competing in the forthcoming Paris Olympics are under threat as top athletes in the country have vowed to snub the Olympics trials if the event is not held at a venue certified by World Athletics following the closure of the Nyayo and Kasarani stadiums which have the needed facilities.

Athletics Kenya (AK) is currently faced with a challenge of where to host the Olympics trials slated from June 14-15, since Nyayo and Kasarani stadiums, the only two World Athletics-accredited venues in the country, are currently closed for renovation.

Though AK President Jack Tuwei has promised the athletes that efforts are being put in place to have the trials conducted at a certified venue, the actors themselves have vowed not to attend the trials if the venue is not up to world standard.

In an interview with sports journalists, Tuwei said he is optimistic the July Olympic trials will be held in Nairobi.

An athlete who did not want his name mentioned expressed his concerns and those of his colleagues in the same situation.

“Even though I have attained the Paris Olympics standards, I will not attend in solidarity with those who would like to strive and get the standard at the trials,” he said.

“These are sentiments shared by all the athletes because they have missed a great opportunity to qualify for Paris Olympics with the National Athletics Championships being held at Ulinzi Complex,” the top athlete noted.

The bone of contention, according to concerned athletes, is that Athletics Kenya was planning to host the trials at the Ulinzi Complex whose track is not certified by World Athletics.

“That means any times recorded at the event would not count as Olympic qualifying standards, denying athletes who have not already attained the required marks, an opportunity to qualify for the Paris Games,” a local sport media reports.

“It would therefore force then to seek qualification elsewhere when the deadline for Olympic qualification is June 30.”

Sprinters, such as Mark Otieno, will be among the most hit given that only Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala (100m), Zablon Ekwam (400m) and Wiseman Were (400m hurdles) have attained the Olympic qualifying marks.

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