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Paris 2024 hoping for Olympic flame on Eiffel Tower

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Olympic rings to celebrate the IOC official announcement that Paris won the 2024 Olympic bid are seen in front of the Eiffel Tower at the Trocadero square in Paris, France, September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Paris 2024 organisers have been planning to install the Olympic flame on the Eiffel Tower, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.

The source added that the flame would not be put at the top of the Eiffel Tower, for technical reasons, and it was not clear whether it would stay on the monument throughout the Games but the combination of two such iconic images would be a dramatic backdrop to the July 26-Aug. 11 event.

“It’s been a work in progress for the last two years now,” the source said.

The flame cannot be at the top of the tower because of the antennas already installed there, they added.

“The venue for the lighting of the flame on the Opening Day of the Olympic Games has not yet been decided,” a Paris 2024 spokesperson told Reuters.

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They did not deny working on installing the flame at the Eiffel Tower and would not disclose when any announcement would be made.

The flame will arrive in the port city of Marseille on May 8 by boat – the three masted tall ship “Belem” – after a 10-day journey across the Mediterranean from Greece.

-Reuters

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Will Nigeria flag fly at Paris 2024? CAS to decide this Friday

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The fate of Nigeria will be decided this Friday afternoon  as judgement will be delivered by the Court of Arbitration for Sports in the case brought by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the country.

WADA is seeking the banning of Nigerian flag at the Olympics which begin in 13 days time in Paris.

Nigeria was referred to CAS for alleged failure of the country’s  anti-doping agencies to comply with WADA rules.  Earlier this week, WADA cleared Angola. If the ruling expected to be delivered at about 12 noon Nigeria time is unfavourable, the Nigerian flag will not be hoisted at Paris 2024. The implication is that Nigerian athletes will only compete as individuals.

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Russia compensates athletes not invited to Paris Games

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The Russian Olympic Committee has paid compensation to 245 athletes who failed to meet the criteria allowing them to compete at the Paris Games this month, the RIA state news agency reported on Thursday.

Athletes from Russia and Belarus, Moscow’s closest ally in the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, are barred from the Games unless they compete as neutrals without flags, anthems and emblems.

Russian and Belarusian athletes have also had to undergo an additional vetting process to ensure they do not support Russia’s war and have no connection to its military – which Moscow says amounts to a “conspiracy” to exclude its athletes.

“We have paid compensation to 245 athletes. These are those athletes who initially did not get the right to compete in international competitions and those who did not receive neutral status,” RIA quoted Russian Olympic Committee general director Vladimir Sengleyev as saying.

Artur Dalaloyan, a 28-year-old gymnast who won gold at the Tokyo Games in 2021, told RIA he had received about 500,000 roubles ($5,600).

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RIA did not specify which other sportspeople were compensated and how much money they received.

The list of Russian athletes who will head to Paris has thinned to just over a dozen, as several sports federation heads have said their squads will not take part under what they see as humiliating restrictions.

Only 16 Russian athletes are scheduled to appear in the Games, which run from July 26 to Aug. 11, compared to 335 athletes at the last Summer Games in Tokyo in 2021.

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National Institute for Sports to organise seminar on Olympic Games

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Nigeria’s top tier sports institution, the National Sports Institute (NIS) will on Tuesday organise a seminar on the Olympic Games.

The seminar is being organised in conjunction with Newstap Communications.

According to a statement from the organisers, the seminar holding at the  National Institute for sports on 16th July,  2024 will be a convergence of renowned physical  and health education lecturers,   Olympians.

 On line to deliver lectures are two foremost professors in related field –  Clement Fasan and Olawale Moronkola.

To also share their experiences are some Nigerian Olympians – Olumide Oyedeji,  Chioma Ajunwa and  Eniofiok Udo-Obong .

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While Professor  Fasan from the Lagos State University will be speaking on the topic: “Olympics Spirit  and global Peace”, Professor Moronkola will  dissect “The Essentials  of Team Nigeria last minute preparation for podium success in Paris 2024.”

Also expected at the event is the Secretary  General of the Nigeria Olympics Committee, Tunde Popoola  who will be speaking on Team Nigeria’s  preparations.

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