Nigeria emerged winners of the Nigeria International Badminton Championship after picking all the titles on offer in the tournament.
Jinkam Boulos and Fatimah Azeez won the male and female singles titles respectively.
Nigeria also won the men and women's doubles and mixed doubles to win the 5,000 dollars prize money.
The players expressed delight on the tournament, saying it's was a way to improving their rankings.
They blamed their inability to attend international competitions on lack of funds, pleading that the government and corporate bodies should come to their aid.
Vice President of the Nigeria Badminton Federation (NBF), Francis Orbih, said that hosting the championship will not only give the country a voice in the sport but also update the playing skills of Nigerian players.
The tournament which ended on Saturday at the Ikoyi Club 1938 had over 60 players from across the globe in attendance, with Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in that order.
The championship serves as preparations for the World Badminton Federation Junior Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.
Caption: Captain of the Golf section of Ikoyi Club, Tayo Babalakin OR Toyota Fortuner SUV
Toyota Fortuner at Stake in Southern Sun Golf Tourney
Organisers of the 3rd edition of the Southern Sun Golf Tournament slated for November 9 at Ikoyi Club, Lagos, have lined up a brand new 2013 Toyota Fortuner SUV as the star prize at stake for the winner of Hole-in-One contest.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos yesterday, the General Manager of Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel, Mark Loxley, said one of the sponsors of this edition, Mandilas, offered the luxury SUV as its contribution to make the 2013 championship more competitive.
“Amongst the star prizes at stake is a 2013 model of a Toyota Fortuner SUV offered by one of our sponsors, Mandilas to whoever fires a hole-in-one to drive home,” stressed Loxley Monday.
The particular hole to decide who drives home the prized vehicle is to be determined by the organizing committee at its meeting on Saturday, November 2.
While thanking the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 for the good organization of the previous two editions of the four-some event, the Southern Sun Hotel General Manager described the tournament as opportunities for sponsors and clients to network and unwind.
The Captain of the Golf section of Ikoyi Club, Tayo Babalakin, confirmed that a qualifying competition had taken place and that 110 players out of the 200 that participated have emerged to join the field of 160 on November 9.
“On our part at Ikoyi Club, we promise to give the tournament a good organization. Our facilities are in great shape and only praying for a good weather on November 9. As you are aware, good weather plays a part in the success of any golf competition,” observed the captain of the golf section.
He commended Southern Sun Hotel Ikoyi for the continuous sponsorship of the tournament.
Babalakin insisted that the tournament would witness some of the best amateur players at the tee-off.
Some of the sponsors of this edition includes; DHL, Diamond Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Lufthansa German Airlines, Qatar Air, Arik Air, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, South African Airways, Multichoice/DSTV and Shoprite.