Aleksander Ceferin has been elected as the new president of UEFA – European football’s governing body – following a vote by the organisation’s 55 association members. Ceferin – the head of the Slovenian FA – received 42 votes while rival Michael van Praag from the Dutch FA got 13. “My dear friends thank you for your fantastic support.” said Ceferin. “It means a lot to me, my small and beautiful Slovenia is very proud of it, and I hope that one day you will also be proud of me.” The unsuccessful Michael Van Praag – who had the backing of the English FA – says he accepts result. “Losing is not nice, but thank you for the clear, open and pleasant campaign. “I really cherished the nice and intensive talks I had with colleagues. “Aleksander and I have the same goal, we want a different UEFA, we want a better UEFA – but he wanted to do it his way and I wanted to do it my way.”
Nigeria’s Flora Ugwunwa yesterday won the gold for Women’s Javelin Throw – F54 at the ongoing Rio Paralympics to bring her country’s medal haul to seven gold, two silver and one bronze medals. The 32-year old was in a class of her own on Tuesday as she went on to erase Tunisian Hania Aidi’s World Record (WR) of 18.86m set at the IPC World Championships in Doha last year.Ugwunwa furthered the mark by almost 2m, throwing an impressive 20.25m in her third attempt to also shatter Liwan Yang’s Paralympic Record (PR) of 17.89m set at the London Games four years ago.So massive was Ugwunwa’s throw that former WR holder Aidi had to set a Personal Best (PB) of 18.88m to take Silver, while South Africa’s Ntombizanele Situ won the Bronze medal with a PB of 17.90m. Former PR holder Yang was relegated to 4th place with 17.52m. Nigeria is currently in the 9th position of the tournaments medals table.