By John Egbokhan
Sponsor of the New Era Wheelchair tennis championship, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, has promised to continue sponsoring the event, for the good of the physically challenged persons living in the society.
Speaking during the closing ceremony at the weekend, Mrs. Tinubu said that she was motivated to put her money into the tennis programme because of the challenges that disabled persons suffer in the country.
â€œWhen some four years ago, I started this project, many people did not understand what prompted my entry into tennis but today, when I look back at those years of little beginning, I feel delighted to have started it in the first place, because we need to do more for the physically challenged persons living in our community.
â€œIt was the desire to uplift the morale of these persons that motivated me to sponsor and I feel humbled by the little inroads that we have made in strengthening this project and I wish to state that I would continue doing my best for the upliftment of the game of wheelchair tennis because it has provided an avenue for these players to showcase and harness their skills, for their career development and the countryâ€™s use, when the need arisesâ€, added the former First Lady of Lagos State.
Also speaking at the event, Governor Babatunde Fashola, who was the special guest at the grand finale held on the Centre Court of the National Stadium, Lagos, lauded Mrs Tinubu for her stewardship to the game of wheelchair tennis, adding that other eminent persons should toe the same line by contributing towards the development of sports in the country.
Fashola said that the present administration in Lagos State was determined to reposition sports, stressing that he would continue to encourage youths to take active participation in sports.
â€œSports is a veritable avenue to escaping poverty and hardship. I urge our youths to participate actively in sports because of the benefits that accrue from being a committed athleteâ€, said Fashola.