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



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


16th INAC: Indian instructor educates Nigerians on benefits of Yoga



The Indian High Commission in Nigeria on Friday in Abuja urged Nigerians to embrace Yoga as a means of exercise for their overall well-being..

Diptiranjan Mohanty, Teacher of Indian Culture, High Commission of India in Abuja, gave the advice during the 16th International Arts and Craft Expo (INAC).

Mohanty, who demonstrated the exercise , said that Yoga is an aspect of Indian culture known to reduce stress, anxiety as well as improve brain function.
He said that practicing Yoga also improves cardiovascular function, quality of sleep, bone health and reduces inflammation.

“Yoga is part of our culture, we want our Nigerian friends and people across the globe to practise it as a lifestyle.
“It improves body flexibility and balance.

“Yoga is known to harmonise the mind, body and soul, and it is a method to detoxify theo body and make a healthy mind and a happy soul,” he said.


Mohanty said that Nigerians who were interested in learning how to practice yoga could attend free classes for the execise at the Indian High Commission in Abuja.

According to him, this is held Monday to Friday, from 4.00p.m. to 7.00p.
He said that India was at the expo to showcase its arts and crafts like Saree fabric, Masala Chai (indian tea), locally prepared to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.

In the course of the expo, delegates from Taraba, Kaduna, Borno, Katsina, Ogun and Rivers states presented colourful dance performances.

Ogun and Rivers as well as Cuba presented cuisines peculiar to their culture, which delegates from other nations savoured.

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UEFA to raise payments for clubs not in European competition



Clubs that fail to qualify for UEFA’s competitions are set to receive a greater share of revenue from the European governing body from next season.
The arrangement is under a new distribution model announced on Wednesday by UEFA.
UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) signed a renewed working agreement until 2030 which will “bolster long-term stability and sustainable growth in European club football,” the governing body said in a statement.

The change will be effective from the start of the 2024-25 season, coinciding with a new format in UEFA’s Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

Under the new model for the 2024-2027 cycle, seven per cent of the revenue UEFA earns from the three competitions will be distributed to clubs not competing in them, up from four per cent.

The European Leagues Association, which represents professional soccer leagues in Europe, said the change would result in 308 million euros ($330.02 million) being shared among non-participating clubs, up from the current 175 million euros.

“Today’s announcement … will help all clubs across Europe to safeguard their competitiveness on and off the pitch while keeping investing in youth and talent development,” it said in a statement.


UEFA said further details of the new system would be unveiled at a later date.

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