World Scrabble Champ Leads Over 50 Pros To Akpabio Classics
The Current World Scrabble Champion Nigel Richards of Switzerland will lead over 50 foreign professionals to this year’s 8th Godswill Akpabio International Scrabble Classics to kick off at Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio Hall Udo Udoma, Uyo on Wednesday September 24. Confirming his participation, he said former world champions and other foreign stars from UK, USA, Pakistan, Thailand, New Zealand, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, South Africa and other foreign athletes will compete.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP sports yesterday ahead of the event, president Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), Suleiman Gora, said if not for the fear of Ebola virus, it would have witnessed an unprecedented attendance with the crop of foreign players expected to turnout for the 8th edition of the annual Godswill Akpabio International Classic.
“Even though the issue of Ebola virus scared away a lot of foreign players, the world champion, Nigel Richard will be here. We also have players coming from Kenya and other African countries, USA, UK, Pakistan, Thailand and so on. We have received of a lot notes from many foreign players confirming their participation. If not for the Ebola crisis, the foreign presence would have been enormous because a lot of them want to participate. Despite the Ebola crisis in Africa, we still have world champions and some of other foreign players wanting to come and participate.” he said.
He assured that the stae ministry of health, Akwa Ibom state scrabble association and hotel owners are putting adequate measures to ensure that the 5-day event is Ebola free.
He revealed the wining prize for this year’s event has also been increased to $22, 000 for master category, $10, 000 for intermediate and $9, 000 each for both open and veteran categories respectively. In addition to the Nigerian players that will troop into Uyo for the classics, over 50 foreign-based players have so far registered for the event that will see competitions in Masters, Veterans, Intermediate and Opens categories.