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Morocco unveils official outfits for Paris 2024 Olympics

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The Moroccan National Olympic Committee (CNOM) has unveiled the official outfits for the Moroccan delegation to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games which begin in 19 days time.

The Games will run from July 26 to August 11. According to reports from Morocco, CNOM collaborated with Spanish sportswear company “Kelme” to design and produce the official outfits.

With eyes likely to be on the Moroccan men’s football team following the kingdom’s splendid performance at the World Cup in Qatar two years ago, Morocco also aims to improve upon its performance from the previous Olympic Games held in Tokyo, where the nation secured a  gold medal.

Across many editions of the Olympic Games, Morocco grossed 24 medals comprising of seven gold, five silver and 12 bronze.

Throughout its past Olympic participations, Morocco has won a total of 24 medals, including 7 gold, 5 silver, and 12 bronze.

In related news, Tarik Sektioui, the head coach of Morocco’s national Olympic football team, announced the much anticipated final 26-man squad earlier this week.

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The roster features three players over the age of 23, as permitted by Olympic regulations: Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain), Soufiane Rahimi (Al-Ain), and Mounir El Kajoui (RS Berkane).

The Olympic football team will begin its group stage campaign against Argentina on July 24 in Saint-Étienne, followed by matches against Ukraine on July 27 and Iraq on July 30 in Nice.

Under Sektioui’s leadership, the team told the press that they aspire to make history by progressing beyond the group stage for the first time and potentially contending for Morocco’s first-ever medal in men’s football at the Olympic Games.

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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