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By Modupe Gbadeyanka
As part of its commitment to promote the sport in Nigeria, Heritage Bank recently supported the 3rd Annual Lagos Value Jet Para Table Tennis Championship.
At the event held at Molade Okoya-Thomas Stadium in Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, a total of 45 games of table tennis were played over three days, with the participation of several players.
Heritage Bank Managing Director / Managing Director Mr. Ifie Sekibo, speaking to the media during the games, explained that the lender is supporting the program because of their passion for sports, especially for people with disabilities, which would help to well-being, health and, by extension, nation building.
According to him, Heritage Bank believes in the development and tenacity to develop Nigerians, young and old, while encouraging people with reduced mobility, especially participants in para table tennis, that this game is able to help them. stay healthy and fit.
Mr Sekibo, who was represented by Ozena Utulu, Group Head of Ag, Corporate Communications, also recalled the support he received from the Lagos State government when he hosted the Skoolimpics, his iconic sporting event with more than 6,000 students from more than 600 public and private. secondary schools from the six education districts of Lagos State attending the three-day sports festival held in 2017.
According to him, Skoolimpics is an idea designed to spark a national sports festival for high school youth aimed at helping the country discover young talent who will rekindle the spirit of excellence in competitive and recreational sports.
âThe idea was for a holistic development of young people in order to promote their physical, social and emotional well-being. It is a well-known fact that physical education and sport contribute to character and community building, crime reduction, community safety, economic and social development, âsaid Mr. Sekibo. .
He took the opportunity to congratulate the Para â Division of the Nigerian Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), the Mr. Sunday Odebode Para Table Tennis Foundation for organizing the competition as well as the State Government of Lagos for playing a leading role in the development of sport in the country.
Mr Odebode, for his part, said fans will see the emergence of new stars like world number 10 ranked Christian Ikpoyi to replace aging Nigerian players.
In her remarks, the First Lady of Lagos State, Ms. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by Ms. Grace Igbokwe, reiterated the government’s commitment to continually put in place measures to enhance the well-being , the well-being and interests of people with reduced mobility.
She advised participants to continue to invest the good energy and zeal in training, while warning them to take their education even more seriously and also to take inspiration from the great table tennis players who are making waves at the level. national and international.