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Over 120 kids arrive for Ex-Squash Pros Diaspora Youth Championship


Organisers of the Ex-Pros Diaspora Squash Championship aim at discovering talented youngsters, who will take over from stars like Yemisi Olatunji.

The second edition of the Ex-Pros Diaspora Squash Championship for U-13, U-16 and 45 years above will hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos from today to Saturday.

The competition will feature over 120 children from across the country, who are expected to arrive in Lagos today for the event.

This year’s championship, which is supported by the Nigeria Squash Federation, will also feature players of over 45 years that would serve a role models to the children and also add more glamour to the tournament.

Speaking at the media parley to announce the 2018 edition of the Squash championship, President of the Ex -Squash Pros Diaspora, Femi Shittu, who is based in the United Kingdom, said the Ex Squash- Pros players resident abroad decided to continue sustaining the championship to create more awareness of the sport.

Shittu, who said squash was fast been losing its popularity in Nigeria, added that the championship would also create a forum for children to compete against each other to broaden their knowledge on the skills in squash.

“Children playing squash now have the platform to exhibit their skills, which opens doors for them to attain any level in the sport,” he said 

He added that the introduction of the Ex-Pros Diaspora Championship has helped the country to have a full data base of players in Nigeria from the junior to the senior level.

“The association, which is  duly recognised by relevant stakeholders in squash in Nigeria, decided to have the over 45 years competing in the championship as a way of motivating the children to work harder to attain greatness in Squash. Our major target is to see more children play squash and win laurels for the country in future.

“This can be achieved through engaging children in competition of this nature,” he said.

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