Ibile Games begins, Thursday in Lagos

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Lagos State Sports Festival tagged IBILE Games 2014 got underway yesterday with activities already lighting up various centres across the state.LOC 1

At least seven sports, Ayo, Basketball, Darts, Table Tennis, Para Table Tennis, Deaf Table Tennis and Squash were the events which heralded Day One of the competition at Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba and the Knock Up Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, while other centres will witness action in sports such as Swimming, Taekwondo, Gymnastics, Weightlifting, Powerlifting and Tennis on Thursday.

The tournament, which will end on 10 May, is involving no fewer than 162 secondary schools (public, private, missionary, military and para military) which are competing in the Junior Category, while the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas are taking part in the Senior/Open Category.

One of the athletes expected to headline the tournament, Oyinlomo Quadri, said that she is looking forward to winning gold medal in Tennis for Maryanne Private School, Lagos Island. She said: “I have been training seriously with the aim of re-enacting the feat I recorded at the last National School Sports Festival in Ilorin, Kwara State where I won gold medal for Lagos State. I trained hard to give my all in order to get a slot in Team Lagos for the DAWN Games,” she said.

To Ogunsanwo Emmanuel, who will feature in the Badminton event for Lagos City Senior High School, “expectation from my school is for me to win a gold medal in this event and I’m ready not to fall short of this.” Akintola Otega, a gymnast for the same school noted performing very well at the IBILE Games will afford the opportunity of featuring at the DAWN Games, adding that she is in high spirit to compete for her school at the tournament.