Bayelsa State Government Splashes Cash On Chess Prodigy Deborah Quickpen

By Obaseki Anthony in Yenagoa on December 17, 2019

The Bayelsa State Government has presented N1 million cash to national chess prodigy, Deborah Quickpen to enable her take part in the Africa Youth Chess Championship currently taking place in Windhoek, Namibia.

At the event, Commissioner for Sports Development, Hon. Daniel Igali, said Governor Seriake Dickson approved the money to enable Deborah to represent Nigeria at the cadet continental chess fiesta.

Hon. Igali while presenting the financial support from the State Government on Monday in Yenagoa thanked Governor Dickson for always ensuring that deserving Bayelsa athletes are supported at continental and world events.

Hon. Igali recalled how the State Governor has often supported Nigerian wrestlers, concluding that only a Governor with passion for sports and for his people would undertake to sponsor athletes to international tournaments without hiding under the excuse that it is the duty of the Federal Ministry of Sports to do so.

In his remarks, Director General of the Deborah Quickpen Support Group, Mr. Ada Gwegwe, thanked Hon. Igali and the Bayelsa State Government for ensuring the release of the funds to enable her take part in the competition.

In attendance at the event were top officials of the State Ministry of Sports Development, including the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Chief Patimidi Tukuru, Director of Sports in the State Sports Council, Mr. Souye Lokoja, and Father of Miss Deborah, Mr. Ben Quickpen.

•PHOTO: Presentation of money from Bayelsa State Government for chess prodigy Deborah Quickpen . . . on Monday in Yenagoa

Source Daily Sports

Posted December 17, 2019


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