15th December, 2010
Coach Mark Balogun, the Tournament Coordinator of ipNX sponsored Rookies BasketballÂ Tournament has said that this yearâ€™s edition of the youth championship will be aÂ memorable one.
Balogun, who tutored Team Lagos basketball team to win sliver medal at the lastÂ National Sports Festival in Kaduna â€œKADA 2008â€, disclosed that all arrangement haveÂ been concluded to dunk off the tourney on Monday, 20 December at the basketballÂ court of Nigeria Police College, Ikeja and the Sports Hall of the Mobolaji JohnsonÂ Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos.
Balogun said one of the new innovations in this yearâ€™s tourney is the holding of theÂ competition at two venues.
According to the him, â€œthis yearâ€™s edition will be bigger in terms of sponsorshipÂ and organisation because apart from youth teams from Lagos State who will take partÂ in the competition, we have also invited teams from other states to make theÂ tournament more competitiveâ€.
He informed that the tournament will feature teams in the U-18, 16 and 14 in bothÂ boys and girlsâ€™ categories.
He also said that the grand finale of the five event will hold on 24 December atÂ the Sports Hall of Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba.
Balogun, who is a police officer thankedÂ ipNX Nigeria Limited for supportingÂ basketball development in Nigeria, saying its support for the tournament in the lastÂ three years has help in discovering many young players who are today featuring inÂ the Premier League.
â€œWe are currently discussing with our sponsor, ipNX Nigeria Limited on a long termÂ sponsorship of the tournament, which is one of the best organised youth tournamentÂ in the country today.