Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Ibadan set for JGM national squash tournament


The traditional metropolis of Ibadan is getting ready to host some of the anticipated tournaments on the Nigerian squash calendar: the JGM U-19 and U-16 Boys and Women Nationwide Squash Match.

The occasion might be held on the Ibadan Recreation Membership from 3-6 April.

In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Match Director Debo Ogunmuyiwa shared particulars concerning the upcoming occasion.

This yr’s event is being held “together with the Nigeria Squash Federation, the Oyo State Squash Affiliation, and the Ibadan Recreation Membership,” Mr Ogunmuyiwa stated.


The Nigerian Squash Federation performs a important position by “sanctioning the event and making it nationwide,” he added.

Match particulars

Along with the primary competitors, there might be a particular facet attraction that includes the 4 best-ranked squash gamers in Nigeria: Gabriel Olufumilayo, Kehinde Samuel, Abel Shedrack, and Faruq Suleiman.

Registration for the event closed final Thursday with over 120 entries obtained, although Mr Ogunmuyiwa hinted the quantity might be barely diminished after a ultimate assessment.

The event will present meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for all contributors and officers all through the occasion, and there’ll even be an after-party to rejoice the competitors.

Inclusive Prizes

In keeping with the event director, financial prizes totalling a million Naira might be awarded, with everybody reaching the spherical of 16 or above receiving a payout. Mr Ogunmuyiwa emphasised that “the prize cash is equal throughout the sexes.”

He added, “No one will come for the event and never go house with a package deal. We have now a squash package deal for them.”

Niyi Oyewumi donating squash equipment
Niyi Oyewumi donating squash gear

Regular development

The JGM Squash Match boasts a historical past of regular development.

Initially beginning as a clinic for a small group 5 years in the past, it developed right into a event for Southwest states and has now change into a sanctioned nationwide event.

Mr Ogunmuyiwa highlighted the success tales of previous contributors, together with finalists from the U-19 boys class who “truly did very effectively in a few of the not too long ago held nationwide tournaments,” he stated.

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Related enhancements have been seen amongst feminine contributors as effectively.

He famous the rising acceptance of squash throughout the nation and the position being performed by company sponsors like JGM owned by a former nationwide squash champion, Niyi Oyewumi.

He stated: “Mr Oyewumi was again then the primary junior squash participant to be chosen alongside different senior gamers to attend and signify Nigeria on the Hello-Tech British Open Squash Championship in London within the yr 1991.

Opening day battles

From the complete schedule already launched, a few of the fascinating opening day fixtures have Joshua Daniel going through Ejiro Godspower within the U-19 Boys class.

The U-16 boys’ Preliminary Spherical will characteristic Damilare Awe in opposition to Shiny Monday.

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For the Women U-19 class, Deborah Idowu and Adesewa Adedeji might be battling for supremacy in one other fascinating opening-day fixture.

With its concentrate on inclusivity, thrilling competitors, and rewarding each achievement and participation, the JGM Nationwide Squash Match guarantees to be a significant occasion for the game in Nigeria.

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