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1st Willie Obiano Lawn Tennis Tournament Kicks Off In Anambra

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WRITTEN BY KENECHUKWU OFOMAH
The first edition of Governor Willie Obiano Lawn Tennis Tournament had kicked off in the state.

The Opening ceremony of the Sporting event took place at Sports Club, Onitsha .

The tournament which will see 12 sports Clubs across the state participate, with a designated prize money of 1.5million for the first position while the first and second runners-up will get 1 million naira and 750 thousand naira respectively.

Performing the kickoff, Governor Obiano said his administration remains committed to the development of the State Sports Sector as a way of improving the health of the citizenry.

Governor Obiano who also during the event donated a 33-seater bus to the Sports Club, announced that next year, the State Football Club will be floated to produce talents that will represent the State in future competitions, adding that schools across the state are being supported to develop the talents at a tender age.

The Governor while calling on the players to imbibe the spirit of fair play, urged the referees not to be biased to ensure that the best team wins.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youths Entrepreneurship and Sports Development, Mr Linus Nwankwo said the tournament is part of the integrated programme of the Obiano administration for the development of sports in the state.

The President, Onitsha Sports Club, Chief Tobechi Ejezie who noted that a healthy body is a healthy mind, said the tournament will help them keep fit and avoid sicknesses associated with accumulated cholesterol killer fats.

For his part, the National Coordinator, Stakeholders for Willie Obiano Second Term Bid, Chief Ekene Enefe thanked Governor Obiano for his support towards the event, noting that with his efforts, Anambra will once again reclaim its prime position in the nation's sports sector.

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