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1 Division wins Nigerian army inter formations combat, swimming championship



The 1 Division Nigerian Army Kaduna has emerged as the overall winner of the 2023 Nigerian Army inter formations combat sports and swimming championship.

Recall that 560 athletes participated in the week-long competition held at the NDA sports complex, Rabidu Cantonment Kaduna.

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 .

1 Division Kaduna topped the table with eight gold, followed by Army Headquarters Garrison with six gold ,and 81 Division which came third with four gold medals.

The fourth on the table was 6 Division with one gold and four silver; 2 Division, 5th position with one gold and two silver; 3 Division, 6th with three silver; 8 Division, 7th position; and 82 Division trailed in 8th position.
The athletes competed in boxing, wrestling and combat swimming .

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, in his remarks at the closing ceremony, emphasised the need for continuous training of troops to be able to surmount the myriads of security challenges bedeviling the nation.

Lagbaja, represented by Maj.-Gen. John Ochai, Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), said that the competition was to make the personnel ready for any combat situation.

“I am aware that the Combat Swimming, Boxing and Wrestling bouts were keenly contested.

“The final bout of boxing and wrestling, which I witnessed this afternoon, has proven to me that the report of your performance during the earlier activities of this championship was fair, accurate and realistic.

“No doubt, the key objectives for this Championship have been achieved,” he said.

The COAS commended the monitoring team from the Army Headquarters Department of Training and the Technical Team from Physical Training Directorate for adhering to prescribed standards.

He said that the lessons learnt from the championship be circulated to all formations to guide them to improve their performance in future events and in the conduct of operations.

“This is my strategic end-state for all our competitive training activities and must be achieved,” Lagbaja added.

He told the competitors that in every competition, there will be winners and losers.

“Since the objective of this championship have been achieved, we are all winners.

“I must however, congratulate the winners and advise you to be magnanimous in victory.

“To other formations that did not win, I urge you to embrace the culture of individual fitness training, team
work and early preparations, as you prepare for future tasks.”

The Army Chief appreciated President Bola Tinubu for his unflinching support and encouragement to the Nigerian Army.
He also commended the efforts of the Chief of Training for organizing the competition.

“I recognize also the tireless efforts of the Acting Director Physical Training and his ever-ready instructors who continue to set new standards in improving fitness in the NA.

“To the participants, once again, congratulations for a good performance, which I am sure has set the pace for the remaining competitive training activities in the Training
Year 2023,” Lagbaja added.


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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