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Rio 2016 ends with colorful ceremony
The Olympics, Rio 2016, hosted by Brazil has finally come to an end and it closed off with a spectacular ceremony. The highlight of the ceremony was definitely the official handover to Tokyo, who will host the 2020 Olympics.

These were a marvelous Olympics, in a marvelous city,” said International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach. “Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life.”

Bach officially closed the 31st edition of the Olympics which hosted over 11,000 athletes from 206 nations.

Nigeria came 78th in the overall Olympics and 9th in Africa on the medals table, with their lone medal coming from the men’s football.



Brazil ends Rio 2016 Olympics with a bang
Brazil sealed their final medal in the men’s volleyball event, after they defeated Italy by 3-0 in the final game.

Also present amongst the hopeful and joyous crowd, was Neymar Jnr, who helped his side secure their first gold medal in football the night before.
Brazil had a point to prove after losing their last Olympic volleyball final to Russia in 2012 and they did so with a clinical win over Italy, to claim their 17th overall medal at the games.
USA came third to win bronze, after making a spectacular come back to defeat Russia by 3-2.
Mikel pleased to have lead Nigeria to victory 
Chelsea star Mikel Obi has expressed is delight at leading Nigeria to claim a bronze medal at Rio 2016.
The talented midfielder, who stood out with his impressive performance, all through the competition, expressed his delight via twitter after Nigeria defeated Honduras 3-2 in the third place match to win the bronze.

“To lead this team to an Olympic medal, and make Nigerians proud – this is why I play football,” Obi tweeted.

The 29-year old has been named as one of the players that will feature in Nigeria’s upcoming African Nations Cup qualifier against Tanzania in a few weeks.

Mikel will now return to Chelsea, in the hopes of securing regular playing time as he looks to impress the new coach Antonio Conte. Well done Mikel!



Lazio slams Keita for offensive comments 

Italian side Lazio, has blasted Keita Balde Diao for making what they considered to be offensive comments about coach Simone Inzaghi.

The 21-year old came at Inzaghi, when the coach questioned his commitment to the club after he pulled out of a major fixture, siting injury as the reason.

The club has now released a statement saying Keita’s comments were unsavory and were intended to engineer a move away from the club, as he is currently not as injured as he claims.

“SS Lazio considers unacceptable the behaviour of the player Keita Balde Diao who decided to desert the [squad for] first game of the championship with the excuse of a left knee injury,” a club statement said.

“The player Keita Balde Diao has also released a series of incredibly aggressive and heavily offensive statements against SS Lazio and its top executives.

Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan

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