The director of the International Tennis Academy, Godwin Kienka, has heaped praise on the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for its commitment in the development of tennis in Nigeria.
Speaking to TennisNG before the 2018 CBN Junior Tennis Championship kicks off in April, Mr. Kienka opined that no organization comes close to the CBN in terms of tournament sponsorship in the country.
“When it comes to tourney sponsorship, I think the CBN has no comparison, because they’ve really invested in the development of tennis,” Mr. Kienka said.
“Even when the senior tournament started in 1970 or thereabout, they’ve been raising it from one level to the other, and they have the juniors to serve as a transition.
“So, they’ve really invested in tennis development, in empowering our youthful tennis. They’ve taken it to another level,” he said.
The director also called on other organizations to emulate the CBN in the continuous process of developing the game of tennis in Nigeria, while also acknowledging the NCC for its ‘unique’ contributions.
“We’re hoping that we can get one or two more organizations like them. The NCC [Nigerian Communications Commission] of course, has matched that at the senior level, with something that’s even more unique like the tennis league,” he continued.
“So between the CBN and the NCC, I think in the coming years Nigerian tennis will be [big]. The impact is already showing and we have our juniors getting accepted at the best Academy in the world to pursue professional careers. And this is the impact of the CBN junior and the tennis league [NCC].”
The 2018 CBN Junior Tennis Championship is scheduled to hold from April 2 – April 7.