RelatedPosts Dillian Whyte to face Povetkin in November rematch Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Dillian Whyte has been reinstated as the WBC interim heavyweight world champion after being cleared of doping and will become the mandatory challenger to Deontay Wilder’s belt following his rematch with Tyson Fury.The British heavyweight failed a drugs test earlier this year in the build-up to his points victory over Oscar Rivas at the 02 Arena in July.Whyte was stripped of his title and provisionally suspended by the WBC in light of the adverse finding pending UK Anti-Doping’s investigation into the matter.Last week UKAD officially announced they had withdrawn their doping charge against Whyte – who had tested positive for low levels of a banned performance-enhancing substance – following a lengthy investigation.UKAD said they deemed the positive test ‘consistent with an isolated contamination event’ and cleared Whyte in the days leading up to his fight with Mariusz Wach on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia.The WBC confirmed on Wednesday they have now lifted Whyte’s suspension following UKAD’s statement and the conclusion of their own investigation.“Based on limited but detailed research and information gathering, including the WBC’s consultation with two independent experts, the WBC found that there was no sufficient or conclusive evidence that Whyte intentionally, or even knowingly, ingested a banned substance with the purpose of enhancing his performance in any fashion,’ the WBC wrote in a statement.“In light of the WBC’s own finding and of UKAD’s withdrawal of the claim against Mr. Whyte, the WBC has closed its internal investigation.”Whyte, who maintained his innocence throughout his confidential case, will get WBC mandatory position after Wilder’s defence of the title against Fury in February. The winner of that fight will have to defend the title against Whyte by February 2021 but the Brixton fighter will be hopeful of receiving his shot next year after claiming his 27th professional victory by outpointing the experienced Wach last Saturday.— Tags: Deontay WilderDillian WhyteWBC
Between Atlanta ’96 and Rio2016, a lot has changed for Nigerian football. Not even the most audacious Nigerian ball fan is expecting anything from this Class of 2016 led by Chelsea and Super Eagles midfielder, John Mikel Obi. Yet, the history of Nigeria’s outing at the Olympic is replete with surprises. Nigeria went against history to defeat Brazil and Argentina in semi final and final in 1996 to win the gold, the first time by an African team.Will Mikel and co similarly prove that Never Say Die Nigerian spirit at Rio2016?The trip to Manaus to take on the Samurai Blue on Friday morning has been fraught with the usual Nigerian culture of lack of proper coordination.The Dream Team finally departed their training base in Atlanta, Georgia, for Brazil after three postponements over delayed issuance of flight tickets. THISDAY checks revealed that the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) failed to remit the needed funds to pay for the team’s chartered flight into Brazil.Of course, cash-strapped NOC could not have done that without getting the needed funds from Abuja. Until 4.30pm on Wednesday afternoon, Dream Team players and their officials were stuck in their hotel rooms, waiting for money to be remitted for their trip to Manaus.But officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) always lampooned for not planning ahead for such engagements yesterday washed off their hands from the mess the Dream Team went through to get to Brazil.“This is not our fault at all. We handed over the team to the NOC two weeks ago and started telling officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports the need to tidy up arrangements on time on how to get the Under-23 team to Brazil. Now, see the embarrassment we all have been made to go through before arriving Brazil for our first match on Friday morning,” revealed the football official to THISDAY wednesday.However, if travel plans are the only problems the team is having, Coach Samson Siasia who is aiming to go beyond the silver he won against Argentina at the final of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will not be sighing the way he is doing today. The Dream Team VI coach does not have the full complement of his key players to be in a position of strength. Kelechi Iheanacho, Aminu Mohammed and Taiwo Awoniyi have been stopped from Rio2016 the same way Arsenal asked Alex Iwobi not to play at the Games.But Mikel who is leading the team in his quest for the Olympic medal he missed in 2008 when he failed to honour Siasia’s invitation may turn out the motivation for Nigeria. And winning against Japan tomorrow may just set the tone of what to expect in the Group B pairing that also have Sweden and Colombia as Dream Team’s next foes.The Japanese on the other hand are not the type to wave off with the hands. They are at the Games as Asian Confederation champions.They dominated their qualifying group for the AFC U-23 Championship, dispatching Macau, Vietnam and Malaysia with ease by scoring ten goals across the three matches without any conceding.Japan continued that good form into the final tournament, winning all three pool games to top Group B and progress to the quarter-finals.The Samurai Blue went on to claim the continental title, coming from two goals down to win the final 3-2 against Korea Republic and will rely heavily on Arsenals Takoma Asano upfront and veteran Hiroki Fujiharu to seal the back at Rio2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram TWENTY YEARS AFTER ATLANTA GOLDDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s quest for another Olympic football glory 20 years after the Nwankwo Kanu-led generation won at Atlanta, USA, begins in the early hours of tomorrow morning (2am) when the Dream Team VI takes on Japan in Manaus, Brazil.
Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores will leave the club after their final match of the season on Sunday.The Spaniard, 51, was appointed in June 2015 following the club’s promotion to the Premier League.The Hornets are 13th in the Premier League, but have won just two of their past 11 top-flight games.”The club and me don’t have the same point of view about the season,” said Sanchez, who also guided Watford to the FA Cup semi-finals.”We don’t have the necessary conditions to activate the clause to renew my contract so I will leave Watford as a consequence.”I felt completely happy with this year and I have enjoyed this experience.” Former Real Madrid and Valencia player Sanchez will leave after Sunderland visit Vicarage Road on Sunday. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports