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Akwa Ibom to introduce scrabble in secondary schools

Published by Guardian on Fri, 24 Aug 2012

ABOUT 30 schools in Akwa Ibom State are to benefit from a pilot scheme introducing the game of scrabble in secondary schools.This was revealed by the state's chairman of scrabble association, Bassey Uno, while addressing journalists on the state's preparation for the forthcoming Akpabio Scrabble Classics. According to Uno, the programme is the association's deliberate policy to popularize the game in the area.Umoh explained that 10 schools from each of the three senatorial districts in the state have already been selected and would be provided with training and equipment to start. He stated: 'You know scrabble is an intellectual game, so we are starting with 30 schools from across the state.'Scrabble clubs will be established in the schools while training and facilities will be provided for students in such schools. This is just for the start because we hope to spread the programme to other schools as time goes on.'According to him, the association is also collaborating with local councils in setting up local scrabble associations to make the game gain ground in all parts of the state.On next month's Akpabio Scrabble Classics, he said that top players, including world champion Nigel Richards and a United States delegation to be led by veteran player Sam Timer have confirmed their participation. Players are also expected from African countries like Ghana, South Africa, Zambia and Kenya, while some will come from Asia.The competition, he said, would be in four categories, including the masters' category, which would attract $15,000 prize money for the winner, and about $100,000 for winners in all categories.On the future of the classics, Umoh said that modalities have been put in place to float a foundation in honour of Akpabio so that the championship would be sustained.He tasked sports administrators in the country to ensure the revival of school sports in order to redressthe nation's dwindling sports fortunes.
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