By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, declared open the ‘Governor Seyi Makinde Tennis Tournament’ organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sport, stating that his administration is ready to develop sports and produce as many talents as possible across different sports.
Governor Makinde, who expressed excitement at the sight of many young tennis talents who will be taking part in the competition, said his government will do everything to encourage the development of talents in the state
The governor stated these at the Ibadan Recreation Club, Ibadan, where he launched the GSM Tennis Tournament, a brainchild of the Special Assistant on Sports to the governor, Oluwatobi Oyewumi.
Earlier, Oyewumi said that the tournament was in commemoration of the “long-standing history of investing and developing the capacity of younger generations in the area of tennis.”
He added that the event is designed to discover and nurture the future players and champions in the Tennis game.
He equally appealed to the older generation to encourage the younger generations to pick one or two sporting activities, saying this will positively impact on their lives.
Similarly, the state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Seun Fakorede, described the event as epochal, noting that a lot of things have taken a new shape in the state since Makinde assumed office as governor, with sports development being one of them.