YOUTHS in Ijesland, had during the last Iwude Ijesa Festival engaged in a Table Tennis Tournament sponsored by a prominent indigene of the area, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola.
The tournament, which was the first of its kind in the town, attracted participants from all the six local government council areas of Ijesaland.
Participants in the events went away with gifts, while the winners and runners-up were presented trophies and cash.
The event which was held at Ijesa Felates Club between December 13, 2009 and December 16 according to the organizer, Coach Ogunkeyede Emmanuel, has become an annual event to be held during the Iwude festival.
He added that Aregbesola has pledged to continue to sponsor the ping-pong tournament to add to the glamour of the annual festival.
Speaking with OSUN DEFENDER, Emmanuel disclosed that the aim of the tournament which included both able and special athletes was to help discover hidden and new talents who could do the state and country glory in future.
He added that the competition was also aimed at sensitizing the Ijesa youths on the benefits of participating in sport activities.
Furthermore, the organizer stated that the tournament was aimed at projecting sport as a vocation capable of giving youths a decent living, thereby discouraging political thuggery in Ijesaland.
About twelve athletes participated in the maiden edition in both the able and special athletes’ events with two athletes representing each council area after going through the qualifying stages.
By SHINA ABUBAKAR