The 13th edition of the Cargolux Merchant Express Squash Tournament is to serve off today at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja with about 134 players expected to slug it out for individual and club prizes.
The annual competition which is being sponsored by foremost Nigerian cargo company will feature three major categories. While members of Lagos Country Club will compete in a closed Tournament, the open competition will have three categories including men, veteran and under-19 male and female.
16 clubs, including seven from outside Lagos, have been invited to participate in the open Tournament and will be represented by four player each in the menâ€™s and two each in the veteransâ€™ categories.
Leading the pack of invited clubs this year are menâ€™s defending champions and host club, Lagos Country Club, last year menâ€™s finalists Ikoyi Club 1938, Apapa Club, Lagos State Civil Service Club, University of Lagos Senior Staff Club, Eagle Club, Police College, Ikeja, 81 Division Nigerian Army and OTrafford Squash Club, Ikoyi while Shell Club, Port Harcourt, Ibadan Recreational Club, Obafemi Awolowo University Squash Club, Abeokuta Sports Club, NLNG Bonny Club, Yenagoa Club and Benin Club are all from outside Lagos.
The tournament which is the biggest squash event in the Nigerian recreational clubâ€™s squash calendar will run from today till Tuesday, August 8 for LCC squash Section members while from Wednesday August 9 through Saturday August 12 is designated for invited clubs, with all finals taking place on Saturday.
For 13 unbroken years, Shina Akinfenwaâ€™s Cargolux Merchant Express has bankrolled the squash tournament and six years ago expanded its scope to include under aged male and female categories to deepen interest in the sport among younger Nigerians.
As has become characteristic of Cargolux over the years, the company has once again lined up exciting prizes for winners in all categories both in the open and closed tournaments. These include washing machines, home-theatres, standing fans as well as mouth watering take-homes in the form of cash for the under-19 male and female categories.
Already, preparations are at fever pitch level at the Squash section of the Lagos Country Club as it gears up to host one of the largest gathering of squash players and aficionados. The Sectionâ€™s four playing courts are in top conditions while the players are busy putting touches to their skills in anticipation of tough challenges from invited players.