Gold Coast 2018: Odunuga Loses In Women’s Lightweight Boxing Semis, Claims Bronze

Yetunde Odunuga of Nigeria lost to Paige Murney of England in the semi-final of the women’s lightweight class in the boxing event of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Friday.

Murney was awarded the fight via points decision, winning it 4-1.

The English boxer dominated the first round 10-9, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9.

Odunuga gave a good fight in the second round but Paige edged it 10-9, 10-9, 9-10, 10-9, 9-10.

And in the third and final round, Odunuga came out tops with a score of 9-10, 9-10, 9-10, 10-9, 10-9.

Despite her defeat to Paige, Odunuga has now won a bronze medal for Team Nigeria.

Later on Friday, another Nigerian women boxer Milicent Agboegbulem will hope to pick a final ticket when she squares up against Caitlin Parker of Australia in the middleweight category.

Gold Coast 2018: Quadri Beats India’s Desai To Reach Table Tennis Singles Semis

Aruna Quadri booked a place in the men’s singles semi-finals in the table tennis event after defeating Harmeet Desai of India in four straight sets in the quarter-final 1 on Friday.

Quadri recorded an 11-9,11-8,11-9,11-8 win over the Desai.

He will face Sharat Achanta from India in the semi-finals 1 on Saturday for a place in the finals.

In the women’s TT6-10 singles, Faith Obazuaye has qualified for the final of the event, defeating Felicity Pickford from England in three straight sets.

Obazuaye won 6-11,7-11, 8-11.

She will face Melissa Tapper in the Gold medal match on Saturday.

Tapper defeated her compatriot, Andrea McDonnell 3-1 (6-11,11-3,11-4,11-1) in the other women’s TT6-10 singles semi-final 1 match.

13 African Athlete Go Missing At The Commonwealth

Five more African athletes may have disappeared from the Commonwealth Games, organisers said Thursday, after eight competitors from Cameroon were suspected of fleeing a day earlier.

Gold Coast organisers confirmed reports that athletes from Rwanda and Uganda were said to have been missing while they were also looking to clarify the whereabouts of two squash players from Sierra Leone.

“We’re obviously looking at it very carefully,” Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg told reporters.

“We have a service to people who have legitimate visas to be in this country,” he added.

“Until it becomes a true issue and somebody has outstayed their visa, or have formally applied for asylum, we just need to continue to monitor the situations.

“The focus now is to support teams in trying to track down the athletes who are missing.”

More than 100 athletes overstayed their visas at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Athlete visas for the Commonwealth Games expire on May 15, Grevemberg said.

Eight athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon — one third of the central African country’s 24-strong team — were said to be missing from the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, sparking an Australian Border Force manhunt.

As the search continues for Cameroon’s five boxers and three weightlifters, Grevemberg insisted the welfare of the athletes came first.

“We obviously have been in close contact with Cameroon officials,” he said.

“We share their concern regarding obviously the safety, welfare, whereabouts of these athletes.”

Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso told local media he had reported the matter to police on Wednesday.

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned that athletes would be forcibly removed from the country if they attempted to overstay their visas.

“They aren’t going to game the system,” he told local radio. “Australian Border Force officers will find these people (and) they’ll be held in immigration detention until they can be deported.”

Nigeria Wins Second Medal At Commonwealth Games

After failing to make the podium in the first four days of action at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, the medals are now coming in for Team Nigeria.

Just after the jinx was broken for Nigeria by the men’s table tennis team who won silver medal, another silver medal has been added to the country’s haul.

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi won the second silver medal for Nigeria in Men’s Shot Put with a best throw of 21.14m behind Tomas Walsh of New Zeland, who won gold with 21.41m.

Canada’s Tim Nedow took the bronze with 20.91m.

Hopefully, more medals will be added to Team Nigeria haul with some of the country’s athlete billed to compete in some final events later on Monday.

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria Defeat Belize, Malaysia In Table Tennis

The Nigerian table tennis team started their campaign in the men’s group 4 at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia on a very encouraging note defeating Malaysia and Belize in their opening two ties on Thursday.

Chee Feng from Malaysia was defeated by Olajide Omotayo in three straight sets recording a 13-11, 15-13, 11-7 in his second match of the day.

Omotayo had previously defeated Rohit Pagarani from Belize 11-4,11-2,11-2 in his first game.

Bode Abiodun also beat Mohammed Rizal from Malaysia 11-5,11-7,13-11 in his second game after he had outclassed Devesh Hukmani also from Belize 11-5, 11-3, 11-2 in his first game.

In the men’s team doubles, the pair of Azeez Jamiu and Olajide Omotayo lost 11-4, 11-9 and 11-7 to Javen Choong and Chee Feng Leong from Malaysia.

They had earlier defeated Terry Su and Devesh Hukmani from Belize 11-6, 11-4, 11-5.

Jamiu bounced back from the team’s doubles defeat to edge Mohammed Rizal from Malaysia 3-2 in a keenly contested game.

The 34 year old won the game 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8 to hand Nigeria a 3-1 win over Malaysia in their second group game.

Bode Abiodun will take on Javen Choong from Malaysia and Terry Su from Belize later in the day in his remaining games while Jamiu will Rohit Pagarani from Belize.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be Nigeria’s 13th since their maiden appearance in 1950.

The team Nigeria will also be seeking to surpass their best performance at the competition having won a record 37 medals at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada.

Nigeria won 36 medals (11 Gold, 11 Silver and 14 Bronze) at the last edition of the Commonwealth Games which held in Glasgow, Scotland 2014.

Birmingham Set To Host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Birmingham is set to be announced as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban was stripped of the event in March, according to reports Wednesday.

The Games were originally awarded to Durban in 2015 but the South African city had the event taken away for financial reasons.

That led to a shortened bidding contest that came down to a race for British government funding between Birmingham and Liverpool, which was won by the central English city in September.

Despite being the only city to submit a bid by the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) deadline of the end of September, Birmingham has had to wait nearly three months to have its victory confirmed.

AFP