Wheelchair Tennis Has Come To Stay In Nigeria–Ndanusa

By Oluwole Francis

President of the Wheelchair Tennis Federation, Engineer Sani Ndanusa says Puma Wheelchair Tennis  Championship have come to stay in Nigeria

According to him, Puma international is a point earning from International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

“This competition will bring players close to the qualification for the Paralympics and that is the reason we decided to organise the tournament in Nigeria.

“We are trying to encourage them and to support them to continue to play and I am glad we are able to do the third edition of puma wheelchair tournament,” he said.

He said that he is happy the sports is getting also more and more popular and the quality and standard increasing by the year.

“Wheelchair puma tennis has come to stay because of the value it is adding to the sport not only in Nigeria but in Africa and the world,” he said.

He added that sponsorship is one of the key factors slowing the development of the sport.

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“Sponsorship is another issue because sponsorship is key. You cannot go to major tournaments without being sponsored.

“So we will try to see how we can provide some grants like transport and training grants,” he said.

He said in the last edition, about five countries participate — Cameroon, Tanzania, Ghana , Kenya and Nigeria.

“Only Kenya and Nigeria are participating in the third edition, because most countries are just coming out from COVID-19 which affected low the participation of countries.

“I believe that in the next edition, we will have more countries to participate. We will keep on working hard. We will continue to encourage the players present in this edition,” he said.

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