The Elegushi of Ikate Land, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi has given his royal blessing for the 2nd edition of the Oba Elegushi National Open Tug of War Championship Finals, holding on the Elegushi Beach Resort, Lekki/Epe Expressway, Lagos tomorrow.
Oba Ademola expressed delight and prayed that the event be a befitting showcase in memory of his father, who was a traditional ruler that empowered youths and encouraged sports performance, not only within his domain, but throughout the entire Lagos State and Nigeria.
Teams expected at the finals of the event include the Police Lagos teams, the Nigerian Navy, Para-Military, and states such as the defending champions Edo, female defending champions Lagos, Plateau, and Rivers.
Information from the Lagos Police camp indicates that all hands are on deck to ensure that they pull home the Royal Power and Brawn Crown from the Edo side. In the same vein, women teams converging on the beach today say they are ready to do more than mere rolling up their sleeves when they square up against the Lagos State defending champions.
Most teams, according to the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Tug of War Federation, Abdulkareem Macaulay, are not handling the event with kid gloves. “No team seems in a child’s mood, and the Federation on our part, is handling the Royal Brawl, skill and strength with every seriousness as the international body to which Nigeria is an affiliate, is aware of the championship and is watching closely, with a view to internationalising it,” he said.
Conscious of this, Macaulay disclosed: “We are organising the Elegushi Beach Tug of War according to the global rules and regulations of the world body.”
Three categories of Pullers are expected to be on the bill this afternoon; they are: the women 560 kg, men 580 kg and mixed 600 kg. This is to add more colour to the beach tug of war package in memory of a departed royal father, who was the immediate past Oba of Ikate Land and its environs.
Victors at the Championship are to go home with both cash prizes and trophies for their efforts.
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