Traditional Sports: Players Thrill Fans In Shomolu


Players of Ayo Olopon, draughts and cards were a delight to watch on Saturday at the  Agunbiade Primary School, Somolu, Lagos, Nigeria during the maiden edition of Lad  Sports Club Traditional Sports Championship organised in conjunction with the Office  of the Special Assistant on Grassroots Sports Development to Governor Babatunde Raji  Fashola in Somolu area of Lagos State.

The tournament was put together to keep the people, both young and old, busy with  participation in recreational activities in their localities.

Tunde Ajayi from Ward D came first in Ayo Olopon. Taiwo Johnson of Ward A was  second, while Yaya Oladipo and Ebunola Akinola came third and fourth respectively.

In draughts, Otuku Doubra of Ward C came first, while Dada Abiodun (Ward C) and  Anthony Olakunle (Ward H) came second and third respectively. Talabi Olanrewaju won  the fourth position.

In cards event, Ladipo Bada of Ward H came first. Igho Anthony of Ward F was second,  while Taofeek Agoro and Saheed Dodo came third and fourth respectively.

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Blackberry won the Ram Charging contest. The ram defeated Head Boy and Action to  second and third position respectively. The sum of N105, 000 was given out as prize  money for winners in the three events. Overall winners got the sum of N15, 000 each,  runners-up went home with the sum of N10, 000, while third and fourth place winners  were given N5, 000 each.

Prince ‘Wale Oladunjoye, Special Assistant on Grassroots Sports Development to the  Governor, who was a Special Guest of Honour, praised the performance of the players.  He revealed that Governor Fashola has given directive that all the Local Governments  and Local Government Development Areas in the state would have a taste of the  development going on in the traditional sports in Lagos .

Chairman of Lagos State Traditional Sports Association, Bash Agusto, commended  Governor Fashola’s effort to bring back the fame of indigenous sports in the state,  while the Chairman of Lad Sports Club, Mr. Oladipo Osunnubi, called on the private  organisations to partner with the state government to develop traditional sports in  Lagos State.

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