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200 golfers for 2019 Tiger Open in Ibadan

200 golfers for 2019 Tiger Open in Ibadan
Written by Maritime First

…As Russia banned from Olympic Games for altering doping data***

No fewer than 200 golfers were expected to feature at the 24th Tiger Amateur Open Golf Championship scheduled for between Dec. 13 and Dec.15 at the Tiger Golf Club (TGC), Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, Odogbo, Ibadan.

The Tiger Open was the biggest amateur golf tournament in Nigeria in which golfers compete in various categories for prizes.

The Ibadan Captain of the club, Alfred Amubioya said in an interview on Monday in Ibadan that the 2019 edition will be unique because of its composition.

Amubioya said that for the first time, invited golf professionals would take part in the tournament.

He also said that participants would vie for prizes in no fewer than fifteen categories.

Some of the participating clubs were- Ikeja Golf Club, Ikoyi Golf Club, Abeokuta Golf Club, Sagamu Golf Club, MicCom and Country Golf Club, Ada.

Others included Tiger Golf Club, Ogbomoso Golf Club and Ekiti Golf Club, Kaduna Golf Club, Jaji Golf Club, Ibom Golf Club, Otukpo Golf Club and IBB Country Golf Club.

He said golf enthusiasts all over the country were always looking forward to the Tiger Open considered as the climax of all golf events in the Nigerian golf calendar.

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“This year’s edition will be different with the number of participants expected and prizes to be won.

“This year will be the 10th edition we are playing the Tiger Open on our course (Tiger Golf Club) having played the first 15 editions at Ibadan Golf Club (IGC).

“We are expecting no fewer than 300 participants and guests to the city of Ibadan to take part in the tournament,’’Amubioya said.

In the meantime, Russia was banned from the Olympics and other major world championships on Monday after sporting officials decided to punish it for tampering with doping-related laboratory data in another blow to Russia’s already tarnished sporting reputation.

The decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), imposed a four-year ban on Russia participating in a range of top-flight sporting tournaments, a period covering the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup.

WADA’s executive committee took the decision after concluding that Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats.

The decision to punish Russia with a ban was unanimous, a WADA spokesman said.

Russia, which has tried to showcase itself as a global sports power, has been embroiled in doping scandals since a 2015 report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of mass doping in Russian athletics.

Its doping woes have grown since, with many of its athletes sidelined from the past two Olympics and the country stripped of its flag altogether at last year’s Pyeongchang Winter Games as punishment for state-sponsored doping cover-ups at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Monday’s sanctions, which also include a four-year ban on Russia hosting major sporting events, were recommended by WADA’s compliance review committee in response to the doctored laboratory data provided by Moscow earlier this year.

One of the conditions for the reinstatement of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, which was suspended in 2015 in the wake of the athletics doping scandal but reinstated last year, had been that Moscow provide an authentic copy of the laboratory data.

The sanctions effectively strip the agency of its accreditation.

RUSADA head Yuri Ganus could not be immediately be reached for comment. His deputy, Margarita Pakhnotskaya, told the TASS news agency that WADA’s decision had been expected.

Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov last month attributed the discrepancies in the laboratory data to technical issues.

Russia’s punishment leaves the door open for clean Russian athletes to compete at major international sporting events without their flag or anthem for the next four years, something they did at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Some Russian officials have tried to cast WADA’s behaviour as part of what they say is a broader Western attempt to hold back the country.

Igor Lebedev, a lawmaker and deputy speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, said on Monday the move was a serious blow to Russian sport that required a tough response from Russia’s authorities, the RIA news agency reported.

If RUSADA appeals WADA’s punishment, the case will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

 

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