Ikeja games: 10-year-old Chess player headlines event

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As action continues at the Ikeja Games organised by the member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency Honorable Abiodun James Faleke in conjunction with the National Institute for Sports (NIS), a 10-year-old Chess player Emmanuel Adejorin stole the limelight in the Chess event where he defeated older players with his mastery of the game.

Adejorin, a student of GraceBrook Secondary school displayed a great knowledge of the game which has many people tipping him to become another future champion like the 12-year-old prodigy Tanitoluwa Adewumi who rose to stardom at the age of 8.

Adejorin may be blazing the trail of Tanitoluwa who has become a sensation in Chess due to his unprecedented skills.

Although, he was eventually eliminated in the quarter-final, Adejorin impressed organisers and NIS officials who are officiating at the Games which made them promise to further expose him nationally and internationally.

The player who was accompanied to the competition by his mother said he hopes to make an impact in Chess, while not losing sight of pursuing his academics.

Already, there are plans to expose him to National competitions so that he can become part of the National team in the future.

While having a discussion with the Chairman of the Games Mr. Bayo Ayo and some other members of the organising Committee the NIS Director General Prof. Olawale Moronkola promised to link the 10-year-old and other discoveries with the appropriate sports federations, Lagos State Sports Commission and the Nigerian School Sports Federation.

The Ikeja games is the first ever organised multi-sport event in Ikeja federal Constituency featuring competition in 10 different out door and indoor games amongst teams and individual participants drawn across Ikeja federal Constituency in Lagos State.

Some events like Ludo, Ayo Olopon, Snooker, Chess, Card Games are already in the quater final stage with large turnout of spectators at all the venues.

The table tennis event will start on Friday January 20 at the event hall of Ojodu LCDA secretariat.

The Basketball games will dunk off on Friday at the Basketball court in Police College GRA, Ikeja.

Organisers have commended the high standard and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by participants.

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