By Hauwa Ajisafe
The Chess Federation ofÂ Nigeria (CFN) has said that it intends to take the sport to Nigerian schools in order to enable youths embrace the game en masse.
The Secretary General of CFN , Mrs. Bidemi Akinyola, in an interview with Sports Vanguard at the National Stadium, Lagos, said that conscious efforts were being made to ensure the growth of the sport that does not enjoy much public patronage.
To achieve this aim, Akinyola said that coaches will be sent to schools for the project to take off and for periodic assessment.
â€œChess is a technical and brain-demanding game for people who think deeply and ready to learn, so the plan by us is to take the game to the schools and the board has resolved to lay more emphasis on the school programme. We are taking it to all the states, through the zonal representatives
â€œWe have mandated them to fish out as many new talents as possible because these youths abound and it is our duty to reach them and train them so that they can embrace this game, whole-heartedly and by so doing, the game would not suffer neglect.
â€œWe are also reaching out to sponsors to enable us to achieve our objectives but the bottom line is that we expect results from all the zones. At the end of three months, we are going to review all the zones and map out new challengesâ€ added Akinyola