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Sports News of Monday, 6 December 2021


Nigerian Saidu emerges Commonwealth handball secretary

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Nigerian Jibril Saidu has been elected secretary of the Commonwealth Handball Association.

The election, which took place via zoom on Sunday, had Saidu emerging unopposed, but he still polled 100 per cent of the available votes.

Saidu, a Fellow of Society of Nigerian Surveyors and an ex-handball player, became the second Nigerian to be elected as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Handball Association, succeeding General Ishola Williams (retd.), who held the position for almost three decades.

Also, South African Ms Ruth Saunders defeated Steve Neilson of Scotland, securing 65 per cent of the votes against Neilson’s 35 per cent to become the new president.

Saunders becomes the first woman to become to head the association.

In the race for the vice president position, Neuritis Gikaria of Kenya secured the slot for Africa, defeating his Ugandan opponent, Mayanja Willy.

Former President of the Handball Federation of Nigeria, Dr Lanre Glover, congratulated Saidu, who until his election, was the Director, Commonwealth Handball Association.

Glover, a former Vice President of the Confederation of Africa Handball, expressed confidence in the ability of the new Secretary-General, to do a great job in the association.