Talking Drums

The West African News Magazine



A publicity drive for five million Naira to enable Nigerian athletes' effective participation during the next Olympic games has been launched. According to the acting President of the NOC Dr Lateef Adegbite, the publicity committee was to co-opt eminent Nigerians so as to facilitate the Olympic fund drive. He also charged the publicity committee to proclaim the needs of the NOC to all the nooks and corners of the country so as to ensure effective publicity for the appeal fund.

"No landmark should fail to record your efforts", he added.

In his speech, the Chairman of the committee, Mr A. Alile spoke of programmes already lined up by the publicity committee.

Chief of Staff Supreme Headquarters, Brigadier Tunde Idiagbon, was expected to launch the appeal fund to be followed by similar ceremonies in the States.

Other ceremonies include a national raffle draw on Coca Cola sponsorship and a Miss NOC Beauty contest also to be sponsored by the Seven-Up bottling

company. Nigeria will participate in four main sports at the forthcoming Los Angeles Olympics. The events are Athletics, Boxing, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

Student athletes will represent Ghana

A greater percentage of Ghana's athletic squad to the Los Angeles Olympics next July will be picked from the country's potential athletes now in various institutions in the United States, USSR, Canada and England.

A report in the Ghanaian Times quoted the Chairman of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and the FundRaising Committee Mr Justice D. F. Annan that the athletes who have already been contacted have shown interest to represent the nation.

He said he personally met most of the athletes during his recent tour of the US with the Secretary for Youth and Sports, Mr Amarkai Amarteifio.

The athletes, all former national champions include Philip Attipoe and James Idun both at University of Nevada, Collins Mensah Houston, Texas, Sam Kodua, Idaho, Winfred Amanfo, George Enchill William Amakye all in Louisiana.

Others are Francis Dodoo, Washington, J. N. Dodoo, Tennessee, Joseph Apeagyei, Idaho, Conrad Buckle, West Montreal, Canada, Ernest Obeng, London and Ohene the defence. Karikari, Havana, Cuba. The women are Helena Opoku, Pullman, Washington and Grace Bukari Eurgene, Oregon.

Azuma nearer his goal

Azuma Nelson, Ghana's Africa and Commonwealth featherweight boxing champion will now challenge Wilfredo Gomez of Puerto Rico for the World Boxing Council (WBC) crown. This follows Gomez, the former super bantamweight champion's unan imous points win over Juan Laporte for the latter's title in Las Vegas.

The WBC ruled last year that the winner of the Laporte-Gomez title fight which had been outstanding since October last should mandatorily defend it against Azuma within 90 days. months.'

Both Azuma and Gomez lost to the former world champion Salvadore Sanchez. In title clashes Gomez crashed inside eight rounds while Azuma was stopped in the last of the 15 round contest. Sanchez however, met his tragic death almost a month after his fight with Azuma.

Olympics, Djoliba draw in 1st leg

Accra Great Olympics face heavy odds in the year's African Cup of Cup Winners Competition following a goal ess home draw with visiting Djoliba of Mali in their first leg preliminary in Accra.

According to eye witness accounts, Olympics over-all output fell short of expectations. There was no bite in their attacking machinery made-up of stars Gamby of Cameroon, like Abdul Aziz, Seth Wilson, Karimu Alhassan, Abu Imoro and Dan Foster. They played like individuals competing for honours and without coordination.

On the other hand the Malians played good football. All attacks launched by their forwardline were backed by the defence.

They looked fitter and faster than their opponents specializing in man-to man passes and inter-positional changes. Olympics had no antidote to their pattern of play and were on many occasions struggling to compete.

Shooting stars move ahead

IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan made a flying start into the African Champion Club soccer championships, beating Senegalese representatives SEIB Diourbel 2-0 in their first leg preliminary encounter.

A goal each from Segun Odegbami and Muda Lawal put paid to the efforts of the more enterprising Senegalese who will host the Shooting Stars in a return match in Dakar next week. Wise ends Brazilian tour A contingent of 33 players and officials of Western show Boys Sekondi Eleven Wise have returned home from Brazil after a three-week training tour.

The contingent led by Alhaji Osmanu Musah, vice-chairman of the club included the club's coach John Eshun who had been in Brazil for a refresher course for the past six

While in Brazil, Wise played three matches, won one, drew one and lost one.

Meanwhile Kofi Abbrey, John Ban nerman and Mohammed Odoom, three Black Stars players who were on national duty have also flown to Brazil for a similar exercise. Women high jump record Constance Senghor of Senegal broke the African Women's High Jump record for the second time in 13 days when she cleared 1.82 metres at an International Athletics meeting in Dakar over the weekend. Senghor, the Senegalese national record holder, beat her previous record set on March 24, by 1.9 centimetre. The previous records were held by Nigeria's Modupe Oshikoya and Ceile

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