6th July, 2012
By Sunday Akintoye
A national Chess player, Akan Okon has explained why he did not take part in the ongoing 35th NBL International Chess Championship at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Okon, who came to watch the chess tourney, told P.M.Sports that he intentionally did not register for the tourney because he was not prepared enough.
“I did not prepare so I don’t need to register for the NBL Chess Championship. I came to watch some games, especially those of my friends who are taking part in the championship. I also want to learn from my senior colleagues,” he said.
Okon, who will represent Akwa Ibom State at the forthcoming National Sports Festival scheduled for Lagos in November this year, said all the participants have performed to expectation.
Commenting on the game of Chess in the country, Okon said the sport has been relegated to the background. He called on the Nigeria Chess Federation and other relevant authorities to organise regular competitions and sponsor national players to international championships.