Irrespective of the recent crisis in Jos, the Nigeria Tennis Federation assured yesterday that adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure that the over 170 players from 28 African countries being expected at the 33rd African Junior Tennis Championships are secured.
The African Junior Championships is scheduled for the tennis courts of the Abuja National Stadium from March 28 to April 12.
Alhaji Sani Ndanusa, president of the Nigeria Tennis Federation disclosed at a press conference to herald the championships that the figures are a reflection of those who had indicated interest and registered for the tournament.
â€œThese are the ones who have indicated interest and sent in their entries,â€
Ndanusa, who was represented at the briefing by Yemi Owoseni, the NTF First Vice_President, said the countries that had indicated interest include Tunisia , hosts Nigeria , Ghana , Egypt , Cote Dâ€™Ivoire , South Africa , Senegal , Cameroon and Morocco which won the highest number of points at the 2009 edition in Botswana .
Ndanusa said the competition was going to be in two stages with the warm_up event, which involves all categories of players from all the participating countries and has no prizes at stake, holding from March 29 to April 3.
â€œThe AJC proper, which will involve qualifiers from the regional trials, will follow immediately. The players in both stages of the championships are going to be over 170, with competition in both the boys and girls categories of under_14, under_16 and under_18,â€ he said.
The NTF president assured that there were not going to be any problems of age_cheat at the championships, saying the measures put in place in tennis to check age_cheat have been foolproof so far.
â€œThere is not going to be any problems, because in most cases itâ€™s very difficult to cheat in tennis as experience has shown over the years.
â€œWe have a good records system, and once you take part in an event sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation, especially from the age of 10, you are in the records.
â€œSo, for this championships, the players are going to be within the age bracket.â€œIn any case, it is very difficult to win the competition twice when it is age_grade, and we all know that the issue of age discrepancies is not in tennis,â€ he insisted.The 33rd AJC will be the biggest ever African tennis event to be staged in the West African sub_region.