Athletics – The Whistler NG Exclusive Stories and Top News In Nigeria And Around The World Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:55:10 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 How US Based Nigerian-Born Basketballer Drowned At Water Park Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:52:49 +0000 Calistus - AnyichieA Nigerian-born basketball player in the United States of America, Calistus Anyichie has died. Anyichie who was a political science student at the Binghamton University died in a drowning accident. According to reports, Anyichie was a member of the men’s basketball team. The university on its verified twitter handle mourned the 19-year-old. According to Harvey […]]]> 0 How Delta Won The National Sports Festival Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:48:21 +0000 The 19th edition of the National Sports Festival, on Sunday, came to an end at the Abuja National Stadium, after 10 days of tough competitions among over 8,000 athletes with Delta State finishing top of the table with an unprecedented 351 medals. Team Delta who dominated and defended the title they won in the last […]]]> 0 IAAF Upholds Russia’s Ban From Athletics Into 2019 Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:40:50 +0000 Russian athletes will remain banned from international competitions after the IAAF upheld the country’s suspension into 2019. Athletics’ governing body banned Russia in November 2015 because of evidence of state-sponsored doping. The ban will remain in place until samples and data from Moscow’s former anti-doping laboratory are made available. Russia must also pay all costs […]]]> 0 2018 Commonwealth Games: Missing African Athletes Granted Visas Tue, 15 May 2018 16:13:37 +0000 peter-dutton-australia-ministerSome of the 11 African athletes who went missing during the Commonwealth Games have been given bridging visas to stay in Australia temporarily. Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has urged the competitors to give themselves up with the visas they were issued for the Gold Coast Games due to expire at midnight on Tuesday. […]]]> 0 Commonwealth Games: Nigeria Wins First Athletics Gold Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:01:36 +0000 Oluwatobiloba - AmusanOluwatobiloba Amusan, on Friday, won Nigeria’s first gold medal in athletics category at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Amusan won the women’s 100m Hurdles ahead of Jamaican duo, Danielle Williams, and Yanique Thomas. The 21-year-old won in 12.68s, just 0.03s shy of the Games record of 12.65s set by Jamaica’s Brigitte […]]]> 0 8 Cameroonian Athletes Flee Commonwealth Games 2018 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:41:47 +0000 team-cameroonMass desertion has hit the Cameroon team representing the Central African country at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games, in Gold Coast, Australia. Five boxers and three weightlifters from the country were said to have left the athlete village since Sunday, with some of them not even turning up for competition, as they were scheduled to. […]]]> 0 Commonwealth Games: Roland Ezuruike, Esther Onyema Win Gold For Nigeria Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:04:25 +0000 ezuruike-kehinde-jawadTeam Nigeria has won its first gold medal at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Roland Ezuruike provided the golden moment, after he lifted 224.3kg in the para powerlifting lightweight category on Tuesday. While countryman Paul Kehinde claimed the silver medal with a 219.9kg lift and England’s Ali Jawad won the bronze […]]]> 0 Gold Coast: Nigeria Wins Second Medal At Commonwealth Games Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:12:02 +0000 Tim-Nedow-Chukwuebuka-EnekwechiNigeria has won its second medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The West African nation had failed to win any medal in the first four days of action, but have already bagged two in few hours. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi won the second silver medal for Nigeria in Men’s Shot Put with a […]]]> 0 Australia Agog As Commonwealth Games Set To Kick Off Wed, 28 Mar 2018 12:49:26 +0000 commonwealth-games-australiaThe 21st Commonwealth Games will be kick off in Gold Coast Australia, from 4 April, Barnie Choudhury, Director Media and Public Relations, Commonwealth Communications Division, said Wednesday. The Games which is expected to run for 12 days, will see athletes from 71 countries take part in 275 events during the course of the competition. The […]]]> 0 Rafael Nadal Set To Return For Davis Cup Quarter-Final Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:03:14 +0000 Rafael NadalWorld number two Rafael Nadal has been named in Spain’s squad for their Davis Cup World Group quarter-final against Germany in Valencia next month. The 31-year-old has not played in the competition since helping five-time winners Spain return to the top tier of world tennis with victory in India in 2016. Nadal was named in […]]]> 0 IOC ‘Lifts’ Russia Olympic Ban Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:54:53 +0000 Russia-Putin-OlympicsRussia’s Olympic membership has been “fully restored” following its suspension from Pyeongchang 2018, the country’s Olympic Committee (ROC) says. Russia was banned from February’s Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over state-sponsored doping. Before Sunday’s closing ceremony in South Korea, the IOC had said the ban would be lifted, so long as there were […]]]> 0 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Sets Record For Distributed Condoms Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:23:11 +0000 Olympics-condomOrganisers of this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have said the Games would set a record for the largest number of free condoms handed out at a Winter Games, even before the first athlete comes out of a starting gate. A little over two weeks from the opening of the Games next Friday, […]]]> 0 World 100m Champion, Justin Gatlin Involved In Doping Scandal Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:18:39 +0000 Justin-GatlinWorld 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin says he is “shocked and surprised” by allegations in a British newspaper that his coach and an athletics agent offered to sell performance-enhancing drugs to undercover reporters. Anti-doping officials have launched an investigation into the claims in the Daily Telegraph about Gatlin’s coach Dennis Mitchell and an agent, Robert […]]]> 0 IOC Suspends Brazil Olympic Committee, Freezes All Payments To Body Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:25:32 +0000 International Olympic Committee ,IOC-Carlos-Nuzman- (1)The International Olympic Committee (IOC), on Friday, suspended head of Brazil’s national Olympics committee Carlos Nuzman over alleged involvement in vote-buying. Nuzman was on Thursday arrested by Brazilian authorities for allegedly arranging more than $2 million in bribes to get the IOC to pick Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 games. The IOC also […]]]> 0 IAAF London 2017: Okagbare Sails Into Long Jump Final As Brume Crashes Out Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:49:50 +0000 Blessing-OkagbareNigeria’s hope of winning a medal in the ongoing IAAF athletics event in London was boosted as her representative in long jump contest, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor leaped into the finals on Wednesday. The silver medalist in the event from the 14th edition of the championships in Moscow, Russia four years ago ensured qualification for tomorrow evening’s […]]]> 0 IAAF London 2017: Governing Body Defends Decision To Withdraw Isaac Makwala Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:30:26 +0000 Isaac-MakwalaThe International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has defended its decision to withdraw Botswana’s Isaac Makwala from participating in the ongoing contest. The 30-year-old was barred from competing in Tuesday’s 400m final and was denied entry into the London Stadium amid attempts by the Athletics’ governing body to control a “very virulent” norovirus outbreak. IAAF […]]]> 0 IAAF Disqualifies Nathaniel; Okagbare, Brume Set For Long Jump Battle Today Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:16:30 +0000 Ese-BrumeNigeria’s hope of qualifying for the finals in the women’s 400m hurdle in the ongoing IAAF World Championships, London crashed as a result of Glory Onome Nathaniel’s disqualification in the semi-finals yesterday. She was disqualified for a possible lane violation during the second semi-final heat of the women’s 400m hurdles. Nathaniel who ran a new […]]]> 0 London IAAF World Championships: Nathaniel Qualifies As 3 Others Crash Out Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:58:52 +0000 Team-Nigeria-in-Beijing (1)The Nigerian team representing the country in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships London 2017 is yet to win any medal in the ongoing contest. But the country’s hope was kept alive as Glory Nathaniel on Monday qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s 400m hurdles, after running a personal best record […]]]> 0 IAAF: Bowie Wins Women’s 100m, As Okagbare Crashes Out Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:05:08 +0000 Blessing OkagbareAmerica’s Frentorish “Tori” Bowie dove past Mari-Josée Ta Lou of Côte d’Ivoire to win the IAAF World Championships 100m women title final on Sunday night in London. Defending world 200m champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands earned bronze in 10.96secs. Olympic 200m champion Elaine Thompson who was the overwhelming favorite for gold in London, had […]]]> 0 IAAF: America’s Justin Gatlin Dethrones Usain Bolt To Emerge World Champion Sat, 05 Aug 2017 22:55:53 +0000 Justlin-GatlinJustin Gatlin, American sprinter and former Olympic and world champion, has dethroned Usain Bolt to become the new 100m world champion. Posting a winning time of 9.92 secs the American became the new world champion in Saturday’s final at the ongoing IAAF World Championships in London. The 35-year old sprinter last achieved the feat in […]]]> 0 Okagbare Qualifies For 2nd Round Of IAAF 100m Sat, 05 Aug 2017 17:13:22 +0000 blessing-okagbareBlessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor on Saturday finished second in her heat in 11.22 seconds to qualify for the second round of the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London. Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and sprint hurdler, Tobiloba Amusan lead a team of 12 athletes to compete at the IAAF World Championships from Aug. 4 to 13. […]]]> 0 Paris To Host 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles Takes 2028 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:46:00 +0000 OlympicsParis, the French capital, is set to stage the 2024 summer Olympic Games after rival candidate city Los Angeles accepted to host the 2028 Games. Paris and Los Angeles were both competing for the 2024 Summer Games after several other contenders backed-off, and the stage was set for Paris to win its bid when the […]]]> 0 ‘Injured’ Novak Djokovic To Miss U.S Open Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:39:14 +0000 Novak-djokovicNovak Djokovic, Serbian professional tennis player, is set to miss the U.S Open due to elbow injury. The 30-year-old has been struggling with a long-term elbow problem, which forced him to retire in the quarter finals at Wimbledon. He retired at a set-and-a-break down to Tomas Berdych in the last-eight at the All England Club […]]]> 0 Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Title Sun, 16 Jul 2017 15:23:35 +0000 Roger FedererRoger Federer has defeated Marin Cilic in straight sets to win record eight Wimbledon men’s tennis title and 19th grand slam. The 35-year-old crushed Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in London on Sunday. After a five-year drought at the Grand Slams, Federer has won two this season following his conquest at the Australian Open in January. […]]]> 0 Muguruza Thumps Venus Williams To Win First Wimbledon Title Sat, 15 Jul 2017 17:34:11 +0000 Garbiñe Muguruza secured her first Wimbledon title after an ultimately commanding and one-sided win over former champion Venus Williams. The Spaniard was ruthless delivering an emphatic 7-5 6-0 victory over Venus to deny the American a sixth title on Saturday. It is Muguruza’s second major title, adding to the French Open crown she won last […]]]> 0 Wimbledon: Querry Sends Andy Murray Packing Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:49:24 +0000 Sam QuerryWorld Number 1, Andy Murray on Wednesday failed to advance to the 2017 Wimbledon semi-final after suffering a shocking defeat at the hands of Sam Querrey. The defending champion lost a staggering 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 1-6, 1-6 five-set match to his 24th-seed American opponent. Murray, who seemed to be battling a hip injury, failed to […]]]> 0 Anthony Joshua Crowned IBF, WBA, IBO World Heavyweight Champion Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:50:01 +0000 [caption id="attachment_19528" align="alignnone" width="800"]Anthony Joshua defeats Klitschko in world heavyweight fight[/caption]

Nigerian-born Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua delivered one of the great nights in British boxing history by stopping Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to be crowned IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight champion.

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Indian Wells: Nick Kyrgios Pulls Out Of Clash Against Roger Federer Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:18:32 +0000

Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the Indian Wells quarter-final match against Roger Federer due to food poisoning.

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Russia To Miss World Championships As IAAF Extends Ban Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:42:04 +0000 [caption id="attachment_16392" align="alignnone" width="650"]Rune Anderson[/caption]

Russia will miss this summer's World Athletics Championships in London after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) taskforce on Monday extended the country’s doping ban till November.

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Williams Sisters To Meet In Australian Open Final Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:45:17 +0000 Serena Williams and sister Venus will meet in the Australian Open final on Saturday after the duo both won their semi-final clashes on Thursday. World No 2, Serena dispatched unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in two sets (6-2 6-1) in 50 minutes, while 13th-seeded Venus came from a set down to best American compatriot CoCo Vandeweghe […]]]> 0