Eighty-Eight female students from Forty-Four junior secondary school classes are to compete for trophies at the first edition of Funke Treasure Table Tennis Championship billed for the Eighteenth to Twenty Third of this month in Oyo state.
The initiator of the programme, who is also an Assistant Director Programmes at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Mrs. Funke Treasure Durodola made this known while briefing newsmen in Ibadan on the forthcoming Funke Treasure Table Tennis Championship, F3TC.
Mrs. Durodola said the aim of the tournament was to make the girl-child productive and instill confidence in them.
She explained that girls to compete in the tournament must be below fifteen years of age and in junior secondary school classes, noting that two students each were selected from Twenty-Two public secondary schools and Twenty-Two private secondary schools in Oyo State.
Mrs. Durodola stated that prizes to be won at the competition included trophies, medals and cash prizes to the tune of two hundred and fifty thousand naira, as well as a table tennis board to be won by the best school.
The broadcaster also announced that twenty pupils below ten years would be nurtured by ex-internationals to play table tennis to international standards.
According to her, other programmes lined for the participants at the tournament, included empowerment and financial literacy, awareness on health related issues such as cervical cancer, drug abuse and doping.
Mrs. Durodola appealed to parents to allow their children engage in sports due to it numerous benefits.
Other speakers at the programme including five times Olympian, Bose Kaffo and ex-international, Chief Waheed Ekun, commended Mrs. Funke Treasure Durodola for the initiative to contribute her quota to the society.
Ms Kaffo assured that talents to be discovered at the Funke Treasure Durodola Championship would start representing Nigeria at International competitions in the next four years.
Chief Waheed Ekun advised students engaging in sports to equally give their academic pursuits the desired commitment.
Highlights of the programme were unveiling of the jerseys and ambassadors of the championship and a novelty match.
Radio Nigeria correspondent reports that the championship will be held at the Table Tennis section of the Ibadan Recreation Club, Sabo, Ibadan, Oyo State.