Adowei hails NSF on Scrabble development
President of Lekki Scrabble Club, Ebikeme Adowei, has applauded the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) for organising the inaugural King of Champion of Champions Grand Master Scrabble championship, which ends today in Benin City, Edo State.
With over 50 scrabble players across the country taking part in the tourney, Adowei urged all participants to use the scrabble event as a big opportunity to launch themselves to stardom, saying that the nation needs to churn out large numbers of players to compete with top scrabble stars abroad.
“The inaugural King of Champion of Champions Championship has given scrabble players from all walks of life the opportunity to compete against one another. Champions from different scrabble championships over the years were involved in the event, which shows that scrabble is growing in Nigeria.
“I commend the NSF for putting this kind of tournament together. For Nigeria to still maintain its world rating, as the number one scrabble nation in the world, more players need to be discovered from the grassroots,” he said.
The grandmaster tournament also featured some selected secondary school students in Edo State, who competed against one another as part of the talent discovery process by the federation.
Also, NSF Vice President and South-South zonal representative, Bright Idahosa, said that the championship would assist to create more awareness of the sport.
“King of Champion of Champions tournament has given the federation more insight on how to lift the standard of the sports. Over 50 scrabble players that have won championships in Africa and the world came together to jostle for honours at the three-day event. The turnout of players was impressive.
“The championship was successful and NSF is working round the clock to woo more sponsors to Scrabble. Glo had shown interest in sports development by branding the Scrabble championship,” he said.
Meanwhile, N1.5 million was announced as the top prize for the winner of the King of Champions Scrabble tourney. Consultation prizes will also be given to the outstanding players at the event.