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Ikeja Games:10-year-old Chess player headlines event

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Joel Ajayi

As action continues at the Ikeja Games organized by The Member Representing Ikeja Federal Constituency Honorable Abiodun James Faleke in conjunction with the National Institute for sports,  a 10 year old Chess player Emmanuel Adejorin stole the limelight  in the Chess event where he defeated older players with his mastery of the game.

The 10 year old student of  GraceBrook Secondary school displayed a great  knowledge of the game which has  many people  tipping  him to become another future  champion like the 12 year old prodigy Tanitoluwa Adewumi who rose to stardom at the age of 8 years. Adejorin may be blazing  the trail of Tanitoluwa who has become a sensation  in  Chess due to his unprecedented skills.

Although he was eventually  eliminated  in the quarter  finals,  Adejorin impressed  organizers  and NIS officials who are officiating at the Games which made  them promised to further expose him nationally  and internationally.

The player who was escorted  to the competition  by his mother said he hopes to make  an impact in Chess, while not losing sight of pursuing his academics. 

Already there are plans to expose him to National competitions so that he can become part of the National team in the future.

While  having a discussion with the Chairman of the Games Mr.Bayo Ayo and some other members of the organizing Committee the NIS  Director General Prof.Olawale Moronkola promised to link  the 10 year old and other discoveries with the  appropriate Sports Federation,Lagos State Sports  Commission and the Nigerian School Sports Federation.

“The Ikeja games is the first ever organized multi-sport event in Ikeja federal Constituency featuring competition in 10 different outdoor and indoor  games  amongst  teams and individuals  participants drawn across Ikeja federal Constituency in Lagos State.  

“Some events like Ludo, Ayo Olopon, Snooker, Chess, Card Games are already in the quater finals  with   large turnout of spectators  at all  the venues.

The table tennis event will start on Friday 20th of January  at  the event hall of Ojodu LCDA Secretariat. The Basketball games will dunk off on Friday   at   the Basketball court in Police College GRA, Ikeja.

Organizers have commended the high standard and the spirit  of sportsmanship  displayed by participants.

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NCF/PwC U17 Cricket Tourney: Federation Extends Starter packs to all States

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In order to encourage all the states taking part in the 4th edition of the National U17 Cricket Championship powered by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the Nigeria Cricket Federation, ably led by Mr. Uyi Akpata,  is extending additional starter packs to all the states taking part in the playoffs across the 6-geo political zones of the country.

In a statement issued on Thursday by the NCF General Manager Emeka Igwilo said that the donation is a morale booster to the states for sustaining the game in their states.

According to the statement, this is coming after the distribution of two different consignments over the last three years. All the 36 states and the FCT got the initial consignment from the Bankstown Community, Australia. 

“After the distribution of the Equipment from Australia which was facilitated by ICC Africa, NCF also followed it up with the distribution of the NCF Customized equipment imported from outside the country and that one’s also imported through the ICC Criiio initiative. 

“The States, Schools, NGOs and Development officers that have been deploying the equipment into use have continued to receive booster packs to support their grassroot development and growth.  It has been a healthy development to support those that help NCF build their scorecard and NCF will not relent in its approach to get the States take ownership and responsibilities of growing the game in the country of over 200 million. 

“The Board of the Nigeria Cricket Federation during its Board meeting of 28th Dec 2022 resolved to sustain the growth by re-jigging the growth plan in line with the current projections. This will come during the Strategic Session/AGM when the Development Plan, submitted by the Development Committee to the NCF leadership, will be reviewed.”

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