THE duo of Adeyemi Kasali and Fatimah Ganiyu have emerged winners of both the male and female categories of the South-West Zone, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports’ 6th Beginners Tennis Vacation Clinic at the Tennis Court of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan, last Saturday.
According to the Zonal Coordinator, South-West Zone one, Dr Steve Olarinoye, the week-long clinic was put together for kiddies from ages five to 12, just as he noted that the clinic has witnessed increased number of participants with the support from parents.
Olarinoye, who initiated the programme in 2010 said: “The essence of the clinic is to discover new talents and groom them to a level where they will be useful for themselves and the society at large. And I want to believe we have achieved a lot in the last six years.
“The majority of the children discovered from this clinic are now playing for states in the south-west, including Oyo State,” he said.
He stated that the Obafemi Awolowo Tennis Academy manned by experts has been put in place at the stadium to groom discovered talents, saying the academy will expose them to series of competitions that will aid their level of development in the game.
Former Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Oyo State, Mr Makanjuola Ayoola; the Chairman, Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter, Mr Niyi Alebiosu and the Director, Sports and Training, Oyo State Sports Council, Mr Tunde Popoola, among others grased the closing ceremony of the event.