6th September, 2010
The maiden Draughts, Ayo-Olopon, Cards and Ram Charging Championship orgainsed by MainlandÂ Movers Organisation, Lagos State Traditional Sports Association in conjunction with theÂ Office of the Senior Special Assistant on Grassroots Sports Development to Governor RajiÂ Fashola came to an end on Saturday.
The finals, which were held at St. Agnes Nursery and Primary School, Yaba, Lagos, sawÂ winners emerging in the various sports featured in the weeklong tourney.
Taiwo Johnson of Rowe Park Club emerged the winner in Ayo-Olopon after defeating AlaleÂ Babatunde also of Rowe Park 2-0 in the final. He smiled home with the sum of N10, 000 and aÂ gold medal, while Babatunde won a silver medal with the sum of N7, 500. Prince AdeÂ Adenigbagbe of Makoko Club won the first bronze medal with the sum of N2, 500, while GabrielÂ Tinubu won the second bronze with N2, 500.
Rasaq Timi of Iwaya Club won gold medal in Draughts after a keenly contested game that endedÂ 2-0 with Femi Giwa of Casino Club. He won N10, 000, while Giwa settled for the silver medalÂ with the sum of N7, 500. Tunde Adigun and Ezekiel Gbengbe won the two bronze medals with theÂ sum of N2, 500.
In the cards contest, Rilwan Emmanuel of Arowolo Club won the gold medal with the sum ofÂ N10, 000 after he defeated Alabi Oluwole of Federal Civil Service Club 2-1 in the final.Â Oluwole got N7, 500. The two bronze medals and N2, 500 went to Amos Ogun (Iwaya BalogunÂ Club) and Alade Babatunde of Rowe Park.
The star contest of the day was the Ram Charging which saw Shadow of Ward D Makoko, winningÂ the gold medal with the sum of N25, 000. Second position went to IBB of Ward G, Iwaya with aÂ sliver medal and N15, 000. Exodus of Ward C, Onike came third with a bronze medal and theÂ sum of N10, 000.
Speaking after he was decorated with his gold medal, Emmanuel, who won the card contestÂ poured encomiums on Governor Raji Fashola for giving approval for the organisation of theÂ traditional tourney, adding that if the tournament is organised regularly it will help keepÂ the youths busy at the grassroots.
â€œYou can see the turn out of people at the finals today (Saturday). It showed that if ourÂ government can sustain this tourney, it will help keep most of us busy from social vices. IÂ thank Governor Fashola and the Senior Special Assistant of Grassroots Sports Development,Â Prince Wale Oladunjoye, for coming up with this tournament,â€ he said.
Prince Oladunjoye has revealed that the tourney will be held in all the local governmentsÂ and the Local Council Development Areas in the state, adding that the competitionâ€™s trainÂ will move to Lagos Island West and East in the next few days.