By Omogbolahan Adisa, Ibadan
The Excellers Hitters of Ibadan have won the U-16 category of the 2020 District 01 Girls Softball Tournament, The Gazelle News.com can report.
The Gazelle News.com reports further that Excellers Hitters defeated the Badagry Angels by 9 runs to 2 in the final of the competition played at the Obafemi Awolowo stadium, Ibadan.
In the U-12 category, the Bishop Braves defeated Ibadan Acumen by 10 runs to 3 to lift the trophy.
The tournament, The Gazelle News.com learnt, was supported by the United States Consulate General, Lagos.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Russell Brooks, Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, Lagos, commended the athletes for the level of discipline and skills exhibited.
Brooks said he was impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of both participants and spectators.
“This is my second visit to the Little League Tournament here in Ibadan, I commend the organisers of the maiden edition of this tournament,” he said.
Ten teams, drawn from Lagos and Oyo States as well as Abuja, participated in the maiden edition of the tournament which is dedicated to girls in Nigeria. The competition was also aimed at developing and improving girls participation in the sport.
“This represents a great accomplishment for Nigeria and it’s a good one,” Brooks said.
He added that two coaches from The Netherlands and one from the United States had taught participating local coaches new skills.
“These new skills will enhance their understanding of the rules and regulations that govern the sport. It was believed that the exchange will help Nigerian coaches and athletes as they take part in future international competitions.
“The efforts of these coaches also demonstrate the mutual understanding, respect and cooperation that has historically been a byproduct of a common appreciation for sports, good health and fair competition,” he said.
Brooks added that the United States is pleased to support the competition, “as it reflects our goal to promote full gender inclusion in all aspects of our relationship with Nigerian people.”
He added that the US believes in an inclusive Nigeria that will truly be the giant of Africa.
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