By Nehemiah Gwamna-Lafia
Winners have emerged in the first edition of the Governor Abdullahi Sule Akwanga Open Tennis Championship played at the Kini Country Guest Inn Tennis Court, Akwanga, Nasarawa State.
In the men’s Doubles final, the dou of Sani Yau and Abisabo Haruna defeated Abu Haruna and Abraham Taro to emerge champions while in the womans Singles final, Stella Joel lost to Loveth Ogah.
In his remarks at the presentation of trophies and prize money to the winners, Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, congratulated the new champions for the feat achieved while expressing his determination to continue to support the growth and development of tennis in the State.
While thanking the sponsor of the tournament, Sardauna Gudi Ahmed Sule and organizers for ensuring the successful hosting of the championship, the Governor commended the State’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Othman Bala Adam, for his relentless efforts to place the State among the best in the country and beyond through his numerous initiatives.
Speaking earlier, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Othman Bala Adam, said both he and the entire state are indebted to the Governor whose poise for youth and sports development has aided in identifying young talents with the potential of making the State and Country proud in global championships.
Mr Othman Adam promised that his Ministry would continue to lend its support to worthy programmes like the Tennis Championship and encourage more in such direction.
In his welcome address, Chairman of the Tennis Federation, Nasarawa State chapter, Ahmadu Alhaji Babanrabi, appreciated the Governor for being at the grand finale despite the short notice sent.
The 2020 edition of the Engineer Abdullahi Sule Akwanga Open Tennis Championship brought together the best players in various categories within the state.