Organizers of the annual Ajanah Basketball Championship has announce the postponement of the 2018 edition of the competition.
According to the statement added championship which would have held at its usual venue of Okene Club in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State, was postponed due to circumstances beyond the Organizers’ control.
The chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of the competition, Hon. Justice Siyaka M. J. Usman, in the statement , said it was a very difficult decision to take especially as the competition had already generated appreciable interest among the youths of Kogi State and the country over years.
In acknowledging and appreciating the followership of the competition by both players and enthusiasts of the game, he observed that the postponement may equally be difficult for this category of people to bear, but pleaded that it was warranted by the concern to maintain the standard the competition has set over the years.
He said organizers would always subscribe to only improving on that standard and the quality of the game in each edition of the competition.
While stating that the rescheduling should not be seen as a setback, he promised to intimate the public on the choice of another date even though it is traditional for the competition to hold during the yuletide season.
He further enjoined players and spectators, who usually converge on Okene for the annual event, to make maximum use of their holidays and eschew activities that would bring them and their families to disrepute.
He noted that the competition’s objectives of strengthening the bond of unity, friendship and mental alertness in Nigerian youths must not be compromised.
While wishing the players a memorable yuletide period in advance, he said the continuous advancement of the core values of the game in their respective abodes would compensate for the damage that would have been caused by the regrettable postponement of the 2018 edition of the championship to another date.
Justice Usman thanked the sponsor and patron of the tournament, Hon. Justice Nasiru Ajanah, CON, and Alhaji Muhammed Sani Omolori for always being there for them and the game in Kogi state and the country by extension.
He assuaged any possible fear that the players may have over the postponement as he said the care for youth development in the country was still very paramount to the organizers and sponsors of the competition.
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