Talking Drums

The West African News Magazine


'Commandments' for Olympic squad

The Nigerian team to the Los Angeles Olympics have been assured that the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) threat received by African and Asian nations was being looked into by the country's intelligence agencies.

This was at a pre departure ceremony when the members of the contingent were advised on what they should not do at the games village by the Chief of the Mission, Brigadier Kehinde Sho Silva.

The first commandment was "It shall be deemed an act of indiscipline for an athlete or official to indulge in controversial press activities or seek to do anything which might bring Nigeria into disrepute. Brigadier Sho Silva told them that the conscientious cultivation of team spirit, obedience to rules and determination to be our brother's keeper would make it easier to resist any external force that might pose problems to our security. He told every member of the contingent to obey the rules of the game and respect constituted authority

"It shall be deemed an act of indiscipline, therefore, for an athlete to challenge the decision or verdict of a referee or insult any official for any apparent injustice that may have been inflicted upon him." He further said, "for the avoidance of any doubt, it is an act of gross indiscipline for an athlete to resort to violence or walk off the field or refuse to continue an event because he or she disagrees with officiating personnel's judgement."

Olympic contingent gets gift

A Japanese manufacturing firm Kanemat- sugosha Limited has offered sports equip ment worth US $5,000 (C175,000 to the Ghana Olympic contingent.

Disclosing this in Accra Mr Sam Okyere, Secretary-General of the National Olympic Committee, said presentation will take place at the Olympic Village in Los Angeles just before the opening of the Games.

According to Mr Okvere, the Kanemata-sugosha equipment will be used by the athletes and boxers solely for training during the Games.

WBC title fight slated for August 25

The World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight title fight between Puerto Rican holder Wilfrede Gomez and Ghana's Aramah Nelson will now take place on August 25 in New York.

This follows a resolution of a situation which nearly spelt disaster for Azumah. The fight originally scheduled for Puerto Rico on July 28 ran into serious difficulties over managerial and promotional problems. But according to reliable sources these problems were resolved at a meeting held in New York on July 9.

Present at the meeting were Mr Carl King, the overseas manager of Azumah, Mr Don King, the millionaire boxing promoter, Mr John Kermah and Dr Oko Kwatekwei, both of Ringcraft Promotions Syndicate, handlers of the Ghanaian boxer and Mr Kaleem Jenhanfo, Information Officer attached to the Permanent Mission at the UK who represented the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Following the resolution of the problems, the contracts for the fight were duly signed and dispatched, to the WBC offices in Mexico City.

Meanwhile, Azumah who flew to the US in the heat of the controversy has returned home to continue his training for the fight at the Military Academy and Training School Teshie and the Accra Stadium. Black Sticks in Malawi Ghana and five other African countries have been invited by the Malawi Hockey Federation to take part in its 50th anniversary celebrations starting on Sunday, July 15.

A 19-member squad of the national hockey team, the Black Sticks are to leave on Thursday night for Nairobi on their way to Blantyre.

The squad headed by Mr A.K.S. Hayford, chairman of the GHA, includes coach Ashalley Okine and team manager Fred Moreaux.

The players are: A. Danso, G. Lzansi, E. Nkansah-Dwamena, K.D. Asante, B. Petterson, W. Sackey, R. Akakpovie, S. Abooagye, Anane Frimpong, EW. Ayensu, K. Owusu-Antwi, R. Quaye, I. Sackey, S. Akrofi-Mante, Frank Asante and E. Marfo.

Ghana prepares for table tennis contest

The Ghana Table Tennis Association in its efforts to select a formidable team for the All-Nigerian Bournvita Open Table Tennis championships to be held in Lagos in September this year, is organising a series of trials.

Members of the national team, the Black Loopers, namely Lawrence Addy, Edmond Asare, Kofi Asare, Edmund Adjavon, Samuel Ashitey Armaah, Lotsu Keddy, Owusu Ansah and Boye Nartey and other up-and-coming young ones are expected to take part in the trials.

A release signed by the chairman of the G.T.T.A. Mr D.G. Hathiramani, said "women players will play separately among themselves". All regional players are also invited to take part in the tournament which will be played on a knock-out basis with few players selected on merit.

Referees disciplined

Fourteen football referees have been disciplined by the Nigeria Referees Associa- tion (NRA) after they were found guilty, of various offences. This brings to 18 the total number of referees penalised by the association.

According to the report of the NRA Disciplinary Committee for the second quarter of 1984 issued in Lagos and signed by Mr Lanus Mba, the association's General Secretary, three of the fourteen referees were expelled, three suspended for varying periods ranging from four to eight months, while the rest received corrective warning letters.

The expelled referees were from the Kaduna, Borno, and the Sokoto State Referees Councils. They were found guilty of serious financial misdeeds.

Of the referees suspended, two are from Lagos State while the third is a member of being penalised for varying acts of in- the Sokoto Referees Council. They are all discipline.

Commonwealth Games

Black African nations have shied away from seeking England's explusion from the 1986 Commonwealth Games because of last month's English Rugby Union tour of South Africa.

A letter condemning the controversial seven-match rugby tour had been received from Nigeria. But none of the 13 African nations among the 55 members of the Federation had tabled a formal motion calling for England's expulsion from the Games.

Tamale United move up

Real Tamale United have shot to the second spot of the league table when they beat Okwahu United 1-0 to dislodge them from that position in their match at the Kaladan Park.




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