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Coach Otis Hughley Releases D’Tigress’ List of Players for Olympics

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Coach Otis Hughley Releases D’Tigress’ List of Players for Olympics

All eyes will be on Adaora Elonu, Aisha Balarabe, Elizabeth Balogun, Promise Amukamara, Atonye Nyingifa, Ezinne Kalu, Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpannah and Ify Ibekwe at the Olympics ahead of their first game against USA on the 27th of July.

Coach Otis Hughley who led the team to the 2019 Afrobasket win in Senegal also picked Oderah Chidom, Victoria Macaulay, Erica Ogwumike and Amy Okonkwo to complete the list of D’Tigress team heading to the oriental city of Tokyo.

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The four players are in line to make their competitive debut for Nigeria at the games.

D’Tigress resumed Olympics camping in February and played series of tune up games as they are set to face USA, France and host-Japan.

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Quadri Aruna Ousted by Gustavo Tsuboi at Tokyo Games

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Africa’s highest-ranked player Quadri Aruna has crashed out of the men’s singles event of the table tennis competition at the ongoing Olympics in Tokyo.

Aruna, who reached the quarter-finals of the event at the Rio Games in 2016, could not go far this time around as he lost 2-4 in the third round on Tuesday.

He lost to Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 15-13 9-11 6-11 11-7 7-11 6-11.
His exit has brought a sad end to Team Nigeria’s campaign in the sport at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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His three teammates in the sport: Funke Oshonaike, Offiong Edem, and Olajide Omotayo have all been eliminated.

Nigeria did not qualify for the double’s events.

The loss adds to a long list of Nigerian athletes failing to shine in the competition.

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Czech’s Marketa Vondrousova Ousts Naomi Osaka in Tokyo Games’ Tennis Event

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Czech’s Marketa Vondrousova Ousts Naomi Osaka in Tokyo Games’ Tennis Event

Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka suffered a surprise exit in her home Olympics as Czech Marketa Vondrousova earned a straight-set win in Tokyo.

Osaka, 23, has been one of the faces of the Games in the Japanese capital and had the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron in last week’s opening ceremony.

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But the four-time Grand Slam champion could not back that up by winning a medal, losing 6-1 6-4 to the world number 42 in the third round.

Osaka, who is the reigning US Open and Australian Open champion, had won 25 of her previous 26 matches on a hard court.

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Nigeria’s D’tigress Lose 81-72 to US Women Basketball National Team

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Nigeria’s D’tigress Lose 81-72 to US Women Basketball National Team

Nigeria’s national women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, on Tuesday lost 81-72 to the United States in the basketball event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Saitama.

It was a brave performance from the African champions who were recently beaten by the same Americans 93-62 in an exhibition game in Las Vegas.

Before Tuesday’s game against Nigeria, the Americans have taken to the court at the Olympic Games 49 times while emerging victorious as many times. That impressive record is now 50 wins in a row.

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D’Tigress made an impressive 8-1 start, forcing the US to turn the ball over several times, but the defending champions soon found a way around Nigeria’s full-court press and eventually went into a 9-8 lead with just under five minutes left in the opening quarter.

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