BY JOHN EGBOKHAN
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that it was including wheel chair tennis into the 35th edition of the CBN Senior Open tournament, serving off on April 26 on the tennis courts of the National Stadium, Lagos.
Disclosing this yesterday at a news conference in Lagos, the Director, Corporate Communications at CBN,,Ugochukwu Okoroafor, said the inclusion of Wheel Chair Tennis was to encourage the participation of physically challenged players in sporting activities.
He however noted that the wheel-chair tournament would be used as trials for the selection of players for the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, serving off May 17 in Turkey.
“We are happy to inform Nigerians especially Tennis lovers that the 35th edition of the CBN Open will feature Wheel Chair Tennis.
“It is not going to be an exhibition event for the physically challenged as winners of this category would smile home with mouth watering prices but also book their places at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Turkey”, said Okoroafor
He said that the bank has increased the price money for this year’s event from about N9million to over N14million to make participation competitive and attractive to players.
Okoroafor also said that the bank was contributing towards Nigeria’s participation at the Africa zone group 111 Davis Cup tournament, ho;ding in Cairo from May 13.