By Femi Atolagbe
In a bid to contribute to the development of Sporting activities in Ondo State, Foliage, has organised a tennis championship for the youth in the state.
Foliage, a private organisation said it organised the Championship to encourage sporting activities regardless of age, gender, to improve the playing standard and physical ability of the teenagers.
Project Coordinator of Foliage, Tolulope Pius-Fadipe said structured sporting activities would always benefit the teenagers mentally and physically.
Pius-Fadipe, represented by Assistant Programme Coordinator, Prince Adefemi Adewumi, said the event was organised to create teens’ interest in sporting activities such as tennis, swimming, football among other sports.
She said the event was also aimed at promoting and developing better champions for Nigeria.
His words: “We strive to contribute our quota to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by inaugurating the maiden edition of this event for teenagers.
“As we may be aware, organized and well-structured sporting activities provide benefits for young teenagers.
“Sport promotes social development and interaction among teenagers, cardiovascular fitness, increased strength amongst others. It also engages them and keeps them busy in the midst of the lures of the present day society,” she said.
Also, the General Manager of the Ondo State Sports Council, Mr. Henry Babatunde used the occasion to call on more private organisations to sponsor sports, saying,” government cannot do it alone.”
Babatunde urged the organisers to partner the sports council to help build a better sporting future for the teenagers and also keeping them busy at the same time.
In the Boys category of the Championship, Zayan Raham came first, with Olalekan Usman emerged second while Gbolahan Olamide comes third.
In the girls category, Peace Agbaje won the tourney, while Sarah Adisa came second with Alice Paul coming third.