23rd November, 2010
Players of Ayo Olopon, draughts and cards were a delight to watch on Saturday at theÂ Agunbiade Primary School, Somolu, Lagos, Nigeria during the maiden edition of LadÂ Sports Club Traditional Sports Championship organised in conjunction with the OfficeÂ of the Special Assistant on Grassroots Sports Development to Governor Babatunde RajiÂ Fashola in Somolu area of Lagos State.
The tournament was put together to keep the people, both young and old, busy withÂ participation in recreational activities in their localities.
Tunde Ajayi from Ward D came first in Ayo Olopon. Taiwo Johnson of Ward A wasÂ 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) andÂ Anthony Olakunle (Ward H) came second and third respectively. Talabi Olanrewaju wonÂ the fourth position.
In cards event, Ladipo Bada of Ward H came first. Igho Anthony of Ward F was second,Â while Taofeek Agoro and Saheed Dodo came third and fourth respectively.
Blackberry won the Ram Charging contest. The ram defeated Head Boy and Action toÂ second and third position respectively. The sum of N105, 000 was given out as prizeÂ money for winners in the three events. Overall winners got the sum of N15, 000 each,Â runners-up went home with the sum of N10, 000, while third and fourth place winnersÂ were given N5, 000 each.
Prince â€˜Wale Oladunjoye, Special Assistant on Grassroots Sports Development to theÂ Governor, who was a Special Guest of Honour, praised the performance of the players.Â He revealed that Governor Fashola has given directive that all the Local GovernmentsÂ and Local Government Development Areas in the state would have a taste of theÂ development going on in the traditional sports in Lagos .
Chairman of Lagos State Traditional Sports Association, Bash Agusto, commendedÂ Governor Fasholaâ€™s effort to bring back the fame of indigenous sports in the state,Â while the Chairman of Lad Sports Club, Mr. Oladipo Osunnubi, called on the privateÂ organisations to partner with the state government to develop traditional sports inÂ Lagos State.