The President of the Nigerian Tennis Federation, Engr. Ifedayo Akindoju has clearly addressed the issue on the change of venue and the proposed date for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Senior Open.
The CBN Open which is meant to be the first national tournament of the year had its venue changed from Lagos to Abuja for the purpose of its 40th edition and was scheduled to serve off on the 10th of May. The date, however, is no longer feasible, but the President is almost certain it will still be hosted in Abuja.
“The venue is almost 90% going to be in Abuja this year. It may go back to Lagos from next year. I personally asked the sponsors why the change of venue this time and they said it’s their 40th edition and they want to have a lot of VVIPs attend including the President and they think it’s going to be easier for them for logistics to run it in Abuja rather than in Lagos,” the President told TennisNG.
“The date is not finalized as at today,” he continued. “It was originally supposed to be on the 10th of May but it’s been shifted to either the last week in May or the last week in June.
“Those are the two tentative dates that they suggested, because this 10th is no longer feasible to them because of other programs they had that clashed with this particular earlier fixed date,” Engr. Akindoju concluded.
The CBN Senior Open is a N14 million tournament and has veteran Abdulmumin Babalola and Sarah Adegoke as defending champions in the men’s and women’s singles, respectively.