Over 300 athletes will take part in Wheelchair Basketball Championship.
The Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation, NWBF, on Monday appealed to the Lagos State government to provide accommodation for the 3rd Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championship, scheduled for Lagos.
Over 300 athletes would partake in the championship, billed for February 18 to 22 at the National Stadium, Lagos.
The Secretary of the Federation, Victor Anusa, said in Lagos that the federation had appealed to the state government to house the physically challenged athletes at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
“The choice of the Lagos State owned-hostel at Teslim Balogun Stadium is very obvious, considering its proximity to the venue of the event and the physical condition of the athletes. The condition of the place is still good to house the athletes because it was refurbished during the 18th National Sports Festival which the state hosted in 2012,” Mr. Anusa said.
He said that the federation had, on January 22, officially requested for the hostel from the Lagos government.
The NWBF secretary expressed optimism that the Lagos would make the place available for the federation.
Twenty teams from Nigeria, six teams each from Cameron, Togo, Republic of Benin and Cote d’Ivoire, and two from Ghana are expected at the tournament.
The first prize of the event, sponsored by the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Victor Ochei, is N2.5 million while the second and third prizes are N1.5 million and N1 million, respectively.