Interestingly, when he was alive, General Shagaya was fond of telling the story of how he prevailed on Omoluwa to be a member of the IBB Golf Club Board of Trustees.Shagaya mentioned that he picked on Omoluwa so there could be a sweet mix between the young and all other elderly members in the clubâ€™s Board of Trustees.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A prominent member of the Board of Trustees of the IBB Golf Club in Abuja, Sir Lucky Omoluwa, has said that the passing of General John Shagaya (rtd) in a car crash last Sunday came to him as a rude shock.Omoluwa who received the sad news at the time he was about to preside over presentation of prizes at the last IBB Ladies Open believes the shocking demise of Shagaya would leave a yawning gap in the nation, especially the IBB Golf Club he helped build.Omoluwa also said that: â€œWithout Shagaya there could not have been the IBB Golf Club. The man served the club diligently and selflessly. I donâ€™t think we should allow all that to go away because the man is no longer around. We must immortalise him. I can only pray that God will grant him eternal rest. He was a good manâ€.
“All I can tell the media for now is that we have signed D’banj and Teni to entertain runners and marathon fans at the finish. I can also assure them that we are talking to many other artistes, but I cannot speak on artistes that we are yet to sign because it is unethical,” he noted.Lagos State is getting ready in style for another epic show as history is expected to be made again with the 4th edition of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.Thomas also said over 5,000 marathoners from about 45 countries have registered for the 2019 race.“Our target of about 150,000 runners participating in the 2019 race will be met. Before the Christmas and New Year break, we already have close to 100,000 runners that registered. Since work started, potential runners throng our office daily to request for forms. We are also happy that thousands of foreign runners from different parts of the world have shown interest in this edition.“Their coming will help the local business especially in the areas of hospitality, transportation and others.”Thomas appealed to Lagosians to be nice and polite to foreign tourists as their pleasant experience will make them want to visit Lagos again.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram One of Nigeria’s biggest music stars, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj, has been signed to entertain runners and fans at Eko Atlantic City, the finish point of the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on February 2.In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, Head of Communication and Media, D’banj will perform alongside rave of the moment, Teni and a host of other big stars.Thomas however will not confirm or deny insinuations that other top artistes like Olamide, Burna Boy, Davido and Tiwa Savage are being contacted to also perform.
Last Updated: 31st August, 2020 19:48 IST Anand Wants Olympiad Win To Bring In ‘long’ Due National Honours For Chess Players It’s been seven years since a chess player got the Arjuna award and the iconic Viswanathan Anand is hoping that India’s triumphant campaign at the online Chess Olympiad will change this when the national sporting honours are announced in 2020. SUBSCRIBE TO US Asked if the tweaked format helped India, he said: “I think in future it will be nice for India if you can double the number of boards, for instance to showcase our depth. Since we have so many good juniors, so many girls playing. Whether it particularly favoured us, I don’t know…nice thing is that if you are putting pressure on all six boards then you could feel someone or other could click for us. Even when we had one setback, someone could rescue us, added Anand.On whether it was a conscious decision by him to sit out the first game of the final, Anand said he had expressed the desire to play only one game.Yes, it was. I had discussed with N Srinath (vice-captain) that I wanted to play only one game on the final day. Because I strongly felt that we had a good team. I thought we had to use that strength,added Anand. He said in the last few years, there has been “a drop off in the attitude of the Sports Ministry towards chess players” regarding government awards. FOLLOW US “I also commend their decision to improvise with the format. Instead of the same format, they got juniors and women, made the event much more fun to watch. It went really nicely.” Lauding his teammates, Anand said each one of them clicked at some point. “Sometimes you need to show that we are still there and I hope this results in positive impetus for many things,” Anand said. “But in this particular case, it was quickly verified that the problem was not at our end. So FIDE had to consider that in our appeal,” he said. “I didn’t anticipate this. I mean clearly the strongest argument in our favour was that this disconnection was not our fault. The rules are clear that if a team loses by disconnection, they forfeit the game. LIVE TV “You saw without me the team beat China and that result helped us a lot. So I was happy to repeat that again,” he quipped. It’s been seven years since a chess player got the Arjuna award and the iconic Viswanathan Anand is hoping that India’s triumphant campaign at the online Chess Olympiad will change this when the national sporting honours are announced next year.In an interview to PTI after India won the top honours jointly with Russia on Sunday, Anand, a recipient of both the Arjuna and the Khel Ratna, said award recognition is due for the sport’s practitioners in India. COMMENT The last time a chess player received the Arjuna was in 2013 when Abhijeet Gupta was bestowed the honour, while a chess coach has been given the Dronacharya just twice — Raghunandan Vasant Gokhale (1986) and Koneru Ashok (2006). Written By First Published: 31st August, 2020 19:48 IST Press Trust Of India Everyone clicked at least in one game. That really worked to the strength of India that we have such depth not only in men, but also women, girls, juniors,added Anand. “During the whole tournament whenever I watched the other boards..some team member somewhere had done something…,” he said. “It is peculiar to this year that the whole chess world has kind of moved online. It is a positive feeling especially for this generation of youngsters who are part of this winning team.” “I don’t mean at a personal level obviously. Just that institutionally, we no longer get awards for international competitions,” Anand said later in an online media interaction. (Image Credits:PTI) The 50-year-old said he was waiting to be told of a rematch instead.I expected something along the lines of replaying the second match…The Russians may not have been happy with this and there would have been discussions. I was expecting a replay,added Anand.I think then the FIDE opted for the other route, declared both as winners. Look these are teething problems. We are starting online chess, this will not be the last disconnection in online chess. I think this was a fair decision,added Anand. The senior Indian men’s team comprised, apart from Anand, Vidit Gujarati (captain), P. Harikrishna and Arvindh Chithambaram (reserves).The senior women’s side featured Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika, Bhakti Kulkarni and R. Vaishali.It is nice to write their co-tales as well, added Anand. Anand also said that his performance in the event was not great.I was able to rely on the team,explained Anand. It was a good idea to have an online Olympiad this year instead of postponing it amid the COVID-19 pandemic,added Anand. The India-Russia final was said to be widely followed online with over 60,000 viewing it and there were a lot of congratulatory messages flowing in afterwards, which Anand said was a pleasant surprise. “It might be due to various issues pertaining to code of conduct etc. Our federation has had some difficulties. It would be nice to reset this. And the best way to reset this is not by writing long letters to editors but by having good results like this,”added Anand. “The event was a pleasant surprise…The original decision was to move it to next year and then this good idea, I think, to have an online Olympiad. Any sport still has to function, you can’t postpone it by a year,”added Anand. Anand also touched upon the wrangling within the national federation. The five-time world champion was expectedly ecstatic about the triumph even though he didn’t expect it after server malfunction led to two Indian losses, prompting an appeal from the team. Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh lost in the second round of the finale due to disconnection and server malfunction. WATCH US LIVE “I hope this will lead to all sorts of positive things including the reconsideration in the Sports Ministry of the Arjuna award and the Dronacharya awards for chess. It has been a long time,” said the country’s first Khel Ratna awardee, India’s highest sporting honour.