Nine countries are expected to join Nigeria for the first FCT Professional/Amateur Golf Tournament on Tuesday.
These countries are Gambia, South Africa, Ireland, Sweden, Ghana, Cameroon, Gabon, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal.
Unveiling the Logo in Abuja on Monday, the FCT Minister of State, Olajumoke Akinjide, said the tournament is aimed at fostering harmonious living in the city.
“The introduction of the championship is a testimony of the determination of the present administration to enhance the socio-economic fortunes of the inhabitants through sports” she said.
Ms. Akinjide said that sports competitions signify peace and promotes the ideals of unity. She believes that it would also fast-track conflict resolution especially with the current spate of terrorism in the country.
Ms. Akinjide explained that the foreign participants were invited to arouse the interest of corporate organisations, to attract investors to Abuja and to promote the potentials of the city as a viable business environment and tourism destination.
“Abuja has the potential to act as a mirror or window through which everything about us can be brought to the fore for the world to see, evaluate and understand us better.”
The minister commended the Sports Department of the Social Development Secretariat, organisers of the tournament, for the initiative.
The tournament will take off at the IBB International Golf Club and feature professionals from Tuesday to Friday and the amateur category on Saturday and Sunday.
It will also feature people living with disabilities from the ages 1 to 18 for men and age 1 to 24 for females.