No fewer than 200 students are expected to participate in the maiden edition of Ella Cricket Cup scheduled for Saturday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
The organizer of the tournament, Ijeoma Okigbo said that the tournament was part of activities to mark the International Day of the Girl-Child, globally celebrated on Oct. 11.
Okigbo, also the Founder, Girls Aspire Sports Initiative, an NGO told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja, that about 10 secondary schools would be featuring in the cricket competition.
She added that the tournament was also designed in memory of a late cricket player, Emmanuella
Tochukwu, who died on March 16, in Niger state due to fire incident.
Okigbo reiterated the commitment of Girls Aspire Initiative to promote and support the participation of girls in sports.
According to her, Girls Aspire aims to increase girls’ participation in sports.
“We believe that the Nigerian Girl-Child has not tapped up to one tenth of the benefits in sports and that is why we are advocating increased inclusion of girls in sports.
“At the moment, we are using the game of cricket to mentor and empower girls in the FCT and Niger state.
“It is for this reason that we have scheduled a cricket competition as part of activities to commemorate the International Day of the Girl-Child and celebrate our female children as well.
“Most importantly, we are focused on striking a gender balance in all things, especially sports and so, we will be giving opportunity to male teams in the same 10 schools to also participate in the tournament,’’ she added.
NAN reports that the tournament is being organized in partnership with the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), as three schools from Niger state and seven from FCT are expected to feature in the event. (NAN)