About 150 children will be participating in the maiden edition of Ex-Squash Pros Diaspora U-13 & U-16 National Squash tournament billed for the 16th to 18th November, 2017.
The tournament organized by a group of Ex-Squash Professionals is aimed at resuscitating the game in the country and grooming young players.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Ex-pro committee in Diaspora, Mr Femi Solomon Shittu said that the tournament is being put together by a recently formed forum that aims to give back to the society that has blessed them through a game they love.
He mentioned that the game of squash has been a blessing to these individuals and they deemed I fit to contribute their quota into the system.
‘Since about a year ago when we came together, we have achieve tremendous things together. This is our way of contributing into the sports racket in Nigeria. We want to give the younger ones platform to showcase their performance ability.
‘You can be training and sweating as a youngster, but without a platform to show what you are made of, it is just a physical exercise. This is why we have decided to come together to provide this avenue.’
He further noted that the federation is also lucky to be blessed with leaders who love, understand and play the game.
Also at the conference was President of the Nigeria Squash Federation, Mr Boye Oyerinde was applauded the forum for coming up with such an initiative to support the and groom younger players in the country. ”I will like to thank this group for leading by example, and we are happy to show our full support.”
On the growth and development of the game of squash in the country, Boye noted that his administration is setting things into perspectives by ensuring that the structure is in place for the game to thrive.
In a chat with one of the members of the Diaspora group, Mr Sahkiru Matti who runs a Squash Academy in Canada and has worked in Mexico, Guatemala and Puerto Rico explained that the initiative was inspired by the need to introduce a working system into our society. He said ‘First of all, I am a Nigerian who has had a lot of opportunities, and I have learnt the principle of giving back which has prompted me to come back home to be a part of this development.