Controversy over participation fee stalls squash tourney


Players are clamouring for a reduction of the levy

The 4th Lagos Open Squash Rackets Championship that was earlier scheduled to begin on Sunday has been postponed for a second day running, over disagreements by players on payment of  the N5,000 participation fee charged by the organisers.

The players were said to have criticised the accreditation procedures put in place by the tournaments organisers, and pressed for the fee to be reduced to N2,000 per player.

According to them, since some of the players have come from outside Lagos, the high fees will affect the funds for their daily upkeep for the period of the event.

It was gathered that the players and officials would hold another round of meetings to try to resolve the issues.

Yinka Ojerinde, a player from Rivers, said the N5,000 fee was too high.

“Some players have come from far places for this tournament. We have to fend for ourselves. They need to reduce the amount so that we can cope,” he said.

“Although the organisers have spoken to us and assured that all the issues will be resolved before the tournament will go on.”

Amara Onyekachi, another participant, also lamented the failure to hold the accreditation.

“The officials came and told us not to panic, that the competition will go on as planned; they are presently in a meeting to resolve issues. We want the fees be reduced to N2, 000. It has been tiring waiting under the sun for things to be put in order,? Onyekachi said.

The competition scheduled for August 19 to August 26 will hold in four venues — the National Stadium, Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos Lawn Tennis and Eagles Clubs.

About N10 million will be up for grabs in prize-money.

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