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Governor Douye Diri Scrabble Tournament: Nsikak Etim Out-Smart Others – Latest Sports and Football News in Nigeria

Nsikak Etim has emerged the new champion of the Masters’ category in the second edition of the Governor Douye Diri National Scrabble Championship which ended on Sunday night in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Sport247.ng report.

The Akwa Ibom-born .er recorded 12 wins at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall in the Bayelsa State capital with a plus 1082 cumulative spread to win the trophy and 500 thousand Naira star prize and the winner’s trophy.

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Etim took over from Oshevire Avwenagha who won the maiden edition with 11 wins with 617 cumulative of to win last year’s edition at the Harold Dappa Biriye Conference Centre, Onopa.

Akoofure Orughele from Delta State won the intermediate category while Jacob Jonah was the winner of the veterans’ category, just as Burogha Douglas from Bayelsa State was the open event champion.

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T. was also a new champion in the student event as another champion from Federal Government College Odi, Adeleke John dethroned Ikoko David who won the category last year while young chess prodigy Deborah Quickpen and Sunshine Ekperi got consolation prices.
Declaring the Championship close, Governor Douye Diri reiterated the state government’s commitment to using sports to combat crime as well as develop the skills and talent of the youths.

The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, stated that Bayelsa was open to hosting more national sporting activities, noting that the state had recorded landmark achievements in sports in the last two years.

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He urged all the winners to be focused and to not see their success as the ultimate goal but to aim to become world champions.

Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Daniel Igali congratulated all the winners for showing their skills describing Bayelsa as the capital of sports in Nigeria.

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Mr Igali noted that the goal of the State government was to make Bayelsa the hub of sports in the country by hosting national competitions.

President of the Scrabble Federation Engr. Toke Aka said in the last eight years the federation had not witnessed what they experienced in Bayelsa this year, stating that he was not surprised because sports has become part of the State.

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While commending the government for investing in sports, Engr. Aka noted that immediately after the National Sports Festival this year, the Nigeria Scrabble Federation would have its own festival that would last for three days and an inter-club championship.

Also, the chairman of Bayelsa State Scrabble Association Mr. Daniel Alabrah remarked that the governor Diri Scrabble competition had become the biggest scrabble tournament in Nigeria, pointing out that the championship has afforded Bayelsa State an opportunity to produce young scrabble .ers for the country.

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Alabrah explained that the introduction of the student’s category generated interest reflected in the high number of participants in the showpiece.

In an interview, the winner of the master’s category Nsikak Etim, a graduate of the University of Lagos asserted that he was elated for emerging victorious against his colleagues which included African champions.

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He explained that he won the championship with the hydrocarbon word “Neoprene” which according to him was the game clincher.

About 272 scrabble .ers across the country participated in five categories: Masters, Intermediate, Open, Schools, and Veterans in the two-day event which took place at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall, Yenagoa with winners going home with trophies and total cash prizes amounting to five million Naira.

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