Connect with us

General news

Philanthropist urges grassroots sports development in Enugu



Philanthropist urges grassroots sports development in Enugu

Prince Victor Uwakwe, the sponsors of the ongoing “ Prince Victor Uwakwe 2019 Tennis Tournament’’ in Enugu has called for all round grassroots sports development in the state.

Uwakwe made the call in Enugu on Thursday at the venue of the tournament, Enugu Sports Club Tennis Courts, saying that sports was backward in the state and needed improvement.

He said that those who had vision and passion for sports should come in and stage competitions in the sport of their choice.

“Government cannot improve sports alone and to make a better tomorrow, we must start planning today.

“That is what we are doing here and lots of sports in the state are still vulnerable and philanthropist can engage the youth and discover talents,’’ he said.

Uwakwe noted that the ongoing tennis tournament for U-15 and U-21 players is in the third edition.

“We started this tournament in 2016 and here we are, it has continued to grow from strength to strength.

“The tournament is open for South-East states comprising, Imo, Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi and Enugu.

“It is purely for U-15 and U-21 tennis players to showcase their God-given talent in tennis,’’ he said.

Uwakwe said that he decided to expand the tournament to accommodate other states to make it more competitive.

“Our tennis tournament is growing because this time around there are much more competitions than years back.

“We want to produce future champions for the state and the country at large,’’ the sponsor said.

He expressed optimism that invitation would be extended to the South-West states of the country in the next edition.

On why he chose tennis, he said that his passion for the sports motivated him.

“I have passion and love for tennis, besides, it makes people to be disciplined all round,’’ he said.

Uwakwe noted that they had some challenges facing the organisation of the tournament and promised not to relent.

“We are having the challenges of public enlightenment and finance but at times we do mop up funds from friends to keep the tournament going,’’ Uwakwe said.

He said that he would be the happiest person seeing the tennis players going all the way to become the country’s champions and at the world stage.

Nicholas Obisike: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]

Buhari mourns UK-based Nigerian, Dapo Williams COVID-19: Mosques in Ekiti ready for reopening – NSCIA COVID-19: Churches in Lagos  reopen, record  low turn out after 20 weeks of lockdown Church re-opening: Cleric wants leaders ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines FCTA pledges support to Suleja smart city project Evacuation: 327 Nigerians depart London for Abuja Resumption: Lagos churches comply with COVID-19 guidelines, as worship resumes Accident claims 2 lives in Anambra – FRSC Estate residents send SOS to LASG over insecurity Angola maintains closed borders to fend off COVID-19 OGSG threatens schools that fail to abide by COVID-19 directives India to halt 101 military imports in push for defence self-reliance – Minister Several dead, many missing after monsoon rains in Pakistan Congress: PDP elects 39 party executives in Bauchi Afghanistan to release 400 ‘hard-core’ Taliban to start peace talks Kashamu, a detribalised Nigerian passionate about people’s welfare – Orji Kalu APC wins Nasarawa Central state constituency bye-election Anglican Bishop says COVID-19 is blessing in disguise Kano plans palliative for teachers, distributes PPEs to 538 private schools ECOWAS, others distribute animals to 50 vulnerable households in Kebbi Police kill 8 bandits, recover 30 cows in Katsina Boko Haram: North East governors rally support for military Lalong congratulates ex-COCIN president at 80 COVID-19: Nigeria’s infections rise to 46,140 as NCDC announces 453 new cases Juventus give Pirlo his first manager’s role 332 evacuees arrive Nigeria from London – NiDCOM Lewandowski dazzles as Bayern crush Chelsea to reach last eight Messi helps Barcelona sink Napoli to reach last 8 COVID-19: Lagos discharges 27 Nigerians, 5 foreigners Amosun pays tributes to late Kashamu Buhari mourns Kano businessman, Shehu Rabi’u Abiodun, Obasanjo mourn Kashamu Delta PDP returns Esiso as state chairman  Senate President Lawan sponsors wedding for 300 less-privileged, orphans in Yobe  Niger Govt. seeks establishment of Naval base to tackle banditry Makinde mourns PDP chieftain 2023: We can’t be distracted, political gladiators must exercise restraint -Okowa Nasarawa Assembly to appeal judgement nullifying former SSG’s indictment INEC inaugurates election result viewing portal New Nasarawa NMA Chairman pledges to eliminate quackery BUK Council approves appointment of Abbas as new VC A’Ibom govt discharges 26 COVID-19 patients from isolation centre Ex-minister Babatope, says shattered by Kashamu’s death Buhari mourns ex-Federal Commissioner, Olumide NEPZA key to national economic recovery – MD Osinbajo visits Ajimobi’s widow, pays tributes to late governor LAWMA arrests 13 cart pushers for environmental laws violation Nasarawa Assembly accuses LG Chairman of insubordination Ize-Iyamu: Sack your governors, senators facing corruption charges, Presidency tells PDP Congress: Abia PDP elects new executive