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560 athletes compete for honours in Nigerian Army inter formation combat, swimming championship

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The Nigerian Army inter formation combat sports and swimming championship has opened in Kaduna with 560 athletes competing in various sports.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the athletes were drawn from 1 Division, 2 Division, 3 Division, 8 Division, 81 Division, 82 Division and 6 Division as well as the Army Headquarters Garrison .

The athletes are to compete in boxing, wrestling and combat swimming .

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, while declaring the competition opened on Tuesday in Kaduna, said physical fitness was one of the key areas of capacity building in any army,
Lagbaja was represented by Maj.-Gen. Olufemi Oluyede, Commander, Infantry Corps Nigerian Army.

According to him, since his assumption of office as the Chief of Army Staff, he has reflected on the myriads of security issues bedeviling the nation and the need to enhance Nigerian Army capacity to combat the challenges.

“As we all know, physical fitness is one of the key areas of capacity building in any army, hence I considered it imperative to ensure the promotion of physical fitness of all Nigerian Army personnel.

“This informed the careful articulation

of my command philosophy which is: to transform the Nigerian Army into well-trained, equipped and highly motivated force to achieve the constitutional responsibilities within a joint environment.

He emphasised that there was no gainsaying that the current operating environment was volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

” As such, we have to enhance capacity for efficient employment of all hands to achieve desired results through group training.

“We are therefore stepping up all aspects of our combat readiness in line with best practices to effectively confront contemporary adversaries.

He explained that enhancing the physical endurance and operational readiness of troops will be accorded due priority across board.

“I therefore expect that this championship, involving boxing, wrestling and combat swimming, will go a long way in boosting our confidence, warrior ethos and survivability techniques, ” he said.

The COAS appreciate President Bola Tinubu for his strategic direction and unflinching support to the Nigerian Army.

Lagbaja urged the competitors to make the best use of the championship to display high level of fitness and the spirit of comradeship.

Cross section of some of the participants.

Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Nigerian Army Ladies, Maj.-Gen. Bamidele Alabi, said the objectives of the competition was to improve troops combat proficiency.

It will also enhance physical fitness, troops leadership traits, use of initiative and also promote esprit de corps.

Alabi said the championship was also intended to prepare troops for battle in view of the current security challenges in the country.

“It is pertinent to state that the effort and investment that have been put into organising this championship is a clear indication of the premium the COAS places on ensuring the operational readiness of the NA under a competitive sporting atmosphere.

Alabi urged participants and technical officials to take the competition seriously and abide by its rules.

The GOC appreciated the COAS for providing necessary resources and logistics for the smooth conduct of the competition.

NAN reports that the week long event is expected to end on July 28

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Napoli Sack Rudi Garcia, Announce Mazzarri As Replacement

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Serie A giants Napoli have announced the departure of coach Rudi Garcia after a poor spell and announced his successor with immediate effect

Reigning Serie A champions Napoli have announced the departure of French manager Rudi Garcia after a poor run of form that sees the Partenopei handing on to faint hopes of defending the Scudetto title won last season.

Napoli have only claimed one win in their last four matches in all competitions, trailing Serie A leaders Inter by 10 points while also trailing Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League by five points.

Osimhen gets new coach as Napoli reportedly appoint Walter Mazzarri to replace Rudi Garcia

With the Partenopei looking a lot worse than they did at this stage last season, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has chosen to act swiftly before things get out of hand.

The club chief revealed that Garcia had been relieved of his duty, after posting a message on social media platform X to announce the arrival of the Frenchman’s replacement.

Napoli announce Garcia successor
That replacement is a former Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri[url][/url], who was welcomed back to the club by De Laurentiis, who was also the owner during his last spell at the club.

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Wherever I went, people abused me every day, spat at me – David Beckham reveals how his 1998 World Cup red card still hurts

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Football icon, David Beckham has laid bare the lingering pain he felt he caused his family following the red card he received at the 1998 World Cup, saying his dismissal left him a “mess.”

This was revealed in a new Netflix documentary series entitled “Beckham”, set for release on Wednesday, October 4 in which the ex-Manchester, PSG and Real Madrid midfielder looks back on his career.

Beckham, now 48 and the co-owner of MLS franchise Inter Miami, was sent off for kicking the back of Diego Simeone’s leg during a last-16 World Cup tie against Argentina.

England went on to lose the match following a penalty shoot-out, with Beckham widely blamed for the defeat with rival fans repeatedly jeering him when in action for Manchester United during the following season.

In the documentary, his wife, Victoria Beckham said the continued abuse left her husband “absolutely clinically depressed” as the then 23-year-old tried to deal with the fallout alongside becoming a father for the first time in March 1999.

Beckham admitted the abuse “took a toll on me that I never knew myself”.

He said: “I wish there was a pill you could take which could erase certain memories. I made a stupid mistake. It changed my life.

“We were in America (on holiday after the World Cup), just about to have our first baby, and I thought, ‘we will be fine. In a day or two people will have forgotten’.”

“I don’t think I have ever talked about it, just because I can’t. I find it hard to talk through what I went through because it was so extreme.

“Wherever I went, I got abused every single day — to walk down the street and to see people look at you in a certain way, spit at you, abuse you, come up to your face and say some of the things they said, that is difficult.

“I wasn’t eating, I wasn’t sleeping. I was a mess. I didn’t know what to do.”

“It brought a lot of attention that I would never wish on anyone, let alone my parents, and I can’t forgive myself for that.

“That is the tough part of what happened, because I was the one that made the mistake.

“It is only now that I am 47 years old, it is now that I beat myself up about it (still).”

Beckham’s wife also received abuse while attending football matches to support her husband.

“As horrible as it was to look up to Victoria in the stand (getting that abuse), it was the one thing which spurred me on,” he said.

But the 1998/99 season ended in triumph on the field, with a United side managed by Alex Ferguson winning a remarkable treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, with the European triumph sealed by two stunning goals in stoppage time in the final against Bayern Munich.

Beckham’s former United and England team-mate Gary Neville, who is part of the producers of the documentary, recalled how the pair were “absolutely destroying teams” down the right flank for United.

Neville said: I was supporting him in a way which was to be fair, I would say I was a side dish really. Not the beef. I was the mustard on the side.”

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