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IOC has ‘concerns’ over FIFA’s biennial World Cup plan

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The International Olympic Committee on Saturday hit out at Fifa’s controversial plans to hold the men’s football World Cup every two years, expressing concerns on the impact it could have on other sports.

The project, which has the backing of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who now works for Fifa, has come in for heavy criticism from continental federations Uefa and Conmebol, as well as coaches and pundits.

The IOC added its voice to those opposing the proposals, saying that many sports federations had spoken out against the idea.

“The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) takes note of Fifa’s plans to change the football competition schedule and to hold the World Cup every two years,” the IOC said in a statement.

“A number of International Federations (IFs) of other sports, national football federations, clubs, players, players associations and coaches have expressed strong reservations and concerns regarding the plans to generate more revenue for Fifa.”

The IOC listed the “impact on other sports”, “challenges for the further promotion of women’s football” and a “further massive strain” on players’ health as reasons not to play the World Cup more regularly.

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“The IOC shares these concerns and supports the calls of stakeholders of football, international sports federations and major event organisers for a wider consultation, including with athletes’ representatives, which has obviously not taken place,” the statement added.

The World Cup has been played every four years, apart from cancellations during World War II, since the inaugural edition in 1930.

Fifa also wants continental championships, including the Euro and Copa America, to be played every two years.

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Gifted Cole boxing talent hunt attracts 500 Boxers

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Over 500 boxers have indicated interest in the third edition of Gifted Cole boxing talent hunt slated to hold on Saturday in Lekki, Lagos.

Speaking on the event, undefeated boxing champion, Gifted cole, said: “I am eager to see Nigerians dominate boxing and after what we saw during the 4th edition where a dumb and deaf boxer Segun thrilled fans.

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“We have decided to continue to engage grassroots boxers and the third edition promises to be greater than the previous editions.”

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Gifted cole boxing academy has also promised a brand new car for the best boxer of the day and the sum of One million naira, while the second placed and the third placed boxers would smile home with the sum of N500,000 and N300,000 respectively.

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Tyson Fury must face Whyte in next defence: WBC

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World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury must face Dillian Whyte in his next title defence following a ruling on Tuesday by the World Boxing Council (WBC).

The WBC said Whyte has now been installed as mandatory challenger to Fury, who retained his crown with a thrilling knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in October.

“The WBC hereby orders the start of the free negotiations period pursuant to the WBC Rules & Regulations for the mandatory bout between WBC World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury and Mandatory Challenger and WBC Interim World Champion Dillian Whyte,” the WBC said in a statement on Twitter.

The WBC initially said in October Fury would only have to face Whyte if he was unable to arrange an undisputed world title fight with Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, the unified WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion.

However after the 30-day window for Fury and Usyk to agree terms expired, the WBC have now moved to install Whyte as Fury’s next opponent.

Whyte last month accused Fury of “running away” from a planned showdown.

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“Fury has been mandated to fight me twice… he just keeps making excuses,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“Hopefully now he’s got no choice. What’s he going to do? Throw the belt in the bin and run away from more money than he got to fight Wilder?”

Usyk is expected to face a rematch against former champion Anthony Joshua in early 2022. Usyk outclassed Joshua in September to dethrone the former unified champion.

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Rangnick confirms two imminent Man United backroom appointments

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Ralf Rangnick has confirmed two imminent additions to his backroom team at Manchester United.

The German arrived at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interim managerial successor last week following Michael Carrick’s caretaker stint in charge, winning his first match against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

While Carrick subsequently relinquished his role as first-team coach and left the club in something of a surprise, the likes of Mike Phelan, Darren Fletcher and Kieran McKenna all remain from the old coaching regime.

Rangnick was expected to confirm his own backroom additions in due course and confirmed speculation at a press conference held before Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Young Boys that former American international and New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC head coach Chris Armas would be arriving as assistant coach.

Sport psychologist Sascha Lense is also set to join United, but Rangnick insists there won’t be sweeping changes behind the scenes.

“It won’t be that many,” Rangnick said of his backroom additions. “So far I’m very happy to work with the staff I have met last week and they gave me a lot of help in the last couple of days in preparation of the Crystal Palace game.

“We have decided to bring in a sport psychologist with Sascha Lense. He’s from Germany, he is a former Second Division player. I used to work with him for three years at Leipzig.

“He will be introduced to the team as soon as he’s got his visa and work permit, so I very much hope that we will have him on board either tomorrow or at the latest on Thursday.

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“I will also have one other assistant coach with Chris Armas, who used to be the assistant coach at the New York Red Bulls under Jesse Marsch. That was five years ago when I first met him.

“Since then we have met quite frequently, also in my role as head of global for Red Bull.

“For the last three-and-a-half years he was head coach for the New York Red Bulls and for Toronto in the MLS and he will again hopefully be able to join us in our next two days.”

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