Expressing his happiness at the interest shown by more Nigerians in the sport, Nigerian Scrabble Federation President Toke Aka said the successes of the Nigerian team in international championships have attracted more people in their different regions.
However, he stated that the NSF will not stop giving more players from all regions of the country the opportunity to hone their scrabble skills by organizing competitions on the national scene.
Also speaking about the massive player registration at the Sports Festival, NSF Vice President Bright Idahosa said that with the large influx of players at the Festival, scrabble would soon become one of the top sports in Nigeria.
“27 states and 264 players registered for scrabble at the ongoing Sports Festival in Asaba compared to the last edition in Edo State where only 23 states registered.
“This has shown that there are a lot of improvements when it comes to game awareness.
“At this point, eight states have won gold medals so far, which shows that the game is highly competitive and there is no pushing.
“Each state that registered for the scrabble event came with enough talent to compete in various categories of the sport. Players discovered in various grassroots tournaments are also battling it out on the big Festival stage.
“Without a doubt, the level of Scrabble is improving in the country and I think that by the next Sports Festival, all 36 states of Nigeria will have a Scrabble team.
“This means that we will continue to produce more talent that will still maintain the country’s enviable ranking on the world stage,” he said.