By Victor Okoye
No fewer than 128 players are set to slug it out for honours in the BSL Abuja Squash competition scheduled to take place between Nov.
27 and Dec.
Boye Oyerinde, President, Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF) told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that the week-long competition would see a pool of 64 players in both the female and male categories compete for mouth-watering prizes.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the prestigious squash competition is expected to serve off at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Package B, Abuja.
Oyerinde said that a one million naira prize purse have been earmarked for the competition with an equal prize pool of N500,000 for each category.
He said there would also be a 250,000 naira prize money for the runners up, while the semi-finalists will smile home with 100,000 naira each.
Oyerinde said that there was a provision for other cash prizes for the quarterfinalists, Round of 16 as well as Round of 32 players.
“The Abuja Squash Open 2023 which is being hosted by BSL Sports will bring together top-tier players from across the region.
“The stakes are high, making the competition fierce and thrilling for participants and spectators alike.
“This prestigious event, powered by Child Care and Wellness Clinics, promises an exhilarating week of intense competition, camaraderie, and sportsmanship,” he said.
He noted that in a significant boost to the squash community, the tournament had garnered support not just from the federation alone, but other esteemed partners.
He said their collaboration underscored the event’s significance and sets the stage for an exceptional sporting spectacle.
Pascal Ezeh, Creative Director of BSL said registration for the event was open to all categories of players who wish to showcase their talent on the squash court.
He said that there would also be other side attractions, including a raffle draw which will see a lucky winner smile home with a brand new car as well as rackets, squash balls and many more.
“Interested players can register online at BSL Sports Website www.
net to secure their spot in this thrilling competition.
“BSL Sports is committed to promoting squash as a sport that embodies discipline, teamwork, and passion.
“The Abuja Squash Open 2023 promises to be an unforgettable experience, bringing together squash enthusiasts, players, and supporters from diverse backgrounds.
“We are immensely grateful for the support from Child Care and Wellness Clinics, the PSA World Tour, the Nigerian Squash Federation, and the Abuja Squash Club,” he said.
=========Edited by Joseph Edeh