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Squash tourney abandoned again

21 August 2012, 12:31

Lagos - The 4th Lagos Open Squash Rackets Championship has been abandoned for a second day running over disagreements by players on payment of  the N5 000 participations fees charged by the organisers.

It was earlier scheduled to begin on Sunday.

The players were said to have criticised the accreditation procedures put in place by the tournaments organisers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent covering the event reports that the players and officials failed to agree on N5 000 participation fees demanded by the organisers from each of the players, which they claimed was too high.

It was gathered that the players were pressing for the fees to be reduced to N2 000 per player.

According to them, since some of the players have come from outside Lagos, the high fees will affect the funds for their daily up keep for the period of the event.

As a result of the disagreements, the accreditation which was to have started on Aug. 19 was postponed to Monday.

It was gathered that the players and officials would hold another round of meetings to try to resolve the issues.

Yinka Ojerinde, a player from Rivers told NAN the N5 000 fees levied was certainly high.

"Some players have come from far places for this tournament. We have to fend for ourselves. They need to reduce the amount so that we can cope.

"Although the organisers have spoken to us and assured that all the issues will be resolved before the tournament will go on,’’ Ojerinde said.

Amara Onyekachi, another participant, also lamented the failure of the accreditation to hold.

"The officials came and told us not to panic that the competition will go on as planned; they are presently in a meeting to resolve issues.

"We want the fees be reduced to N2 000. It has been tiring waiting under the sun for things to be put in order,” Onyekachi said.

"We shall resolve the problem," said an official, who pleaded anonymity.

The competition scheduled for 19 August to 26 August had been planned for four venues -- the National Stadium, Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos Lawn Tennis and Eagles Clubs.

About N10 million will be up for grabs in prize-money by participants.


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