By Nehemia Gwamna – Lafia
Winners have emerged at the first edition of Governor Abdullahi Sule Open Darts National Championship held in Lafia,the Nasarawa State capital.
The three-day event which had over twenty dartists drawn from across the country saw Ayuba Randy from Kaduna State clinching the gold medal trophy and prize money in the Men’s 501 Singles Category.
Ugochukwu Agbakwara from Delta State came second, while the duo of Makama Richard and Emmanuel Vaadeen from Kaduna and Benue States came joint third respectively.
In the Women’s 501 Singles Category, Ruth Peter from Kaduna State emerged overall winner; Tabitha Chi from Benue State came second, while both Maigizoh Rahab and Mary Jatau from Kaduna State came joint third.
In the Junior Cadre(U-15), the duo of Nasarawa State’s players, John Onyega and Jesse Kyauta emerged first and second respectively.
At the closing ceremony of the Championship ,Governir Abdullahi Sule thanked the Darts Federation of Nigeria for finding Nasarawa State worthy to host the championship which is the first of its kind in the history of the Darts
The Governor Represented by the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development,Othman Bala Adam explained that the Sports Ministry was under obligation to turn Nasarawa State into a hub of sports development in Nigeria.
Speaking earlier, President of the Darts Federation of Nigeria, Doctor Abubakar Gayam Haruna, applauded Governor Abdullahi Sule, for choosing to sponsor the championship despite the short notice.
The DFN President, while highlighting the categories of competitive games involved, explained that the championship was tagged ‘501’ due to its international status.
Darts or dart-throwing is a competitive sport in which two or more players bare-handedly throw small sharp-
pointed missiles known as darts at a round target known
as Dashboard,the players are called Dartists.