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South West Basketball Zone tips off 2022 calendar with secondary school championship

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The South West Basketball Zone under Olumide Oyedeju has concluded plans to hold the Secondary School Basketball Championship for boys and girls to kickstart series of events in the zone.

The event is targeted at the secondary schools in Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, and Lagos states with registration already underway under the direct supervision of the various state basketball associations. The competition will commence in Ekiti State between the 16th and 17th of May before moving to Ondo on the 17th and 18th of the same month.

It will be the turn of secondary schools in Osun State on the 18th and 19th of May before Oyo State secondary school on the 19th and 20th. Ogun State will follow closely on the 20th and 21st before the train stops in Lagos on the 24th and 25th.

Oyedeji said, “In line with our vision of reviving the game in the zone, we felt it was right to start with the kids at the intermediate level as we build a platform where everybody can have a place on the table. We will engage primary school kids, secondary school students, and the tertiary institutions in the South West”.

Two winners (one male and one female team) will emerge from each state for the zonal finals to be played at a later date

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Sports Ministry To Hold Maiden U-18 Basketball Championships

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The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has concluded arrangements to hold the maiden edition of the Nigeria U-18 Basketball Championships in the country, with a view to ensuring more youth participation in sports, especially in the game of basketball.

In a press statement issued by the Director of Press public relations, Mohammed Manga  revealed that

the competition which targets youth at the grassroots will commence with zonal elimination amongst the 36 States of the Federation and FCT between May 27 – 30, 2022 after which winners and first runners-up emerging from the zones will proceed to Abuja for the finals coming up between June 3 and 8, 2022.

The Ministry called on State Governments to ensure active participation of students and youth in the games  so as to build  talent development which will go a long way in curbing youth restiveness in the country. 

It commends President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for its commitment to the development of grassroots sports in the country and assured that it will continue to provide enabling environment for the full implementation of government policies, projects and programmes  in line with the policy thrust of the present administration especially as it relates to youth and sports development.

The Ministry in the coming weeks will role out programs on Grassroots Basketball Development with specific focus on Organisation of Basketball Leagues (both Male and Female, including sponsorship), Development of home based coaches with coaching clinics, with scientific approach to the Game of Basketball, seminars, workshops, development of the Referees in line with international standards, encouragement of Basketball Academy in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria, working with retired Nigerian basketball stars and active professionals, among others.

Government wishes to also restate its commitment to the support and encouragement of Community Basketball Competitions in the country.

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