Legacy Sitting Volleyball Championship by Legacy Volleyball Club in conjunction with Lagos State Sports commission and Nigeria Sitting Volleyball Federation is Nigeria’s first ever sitting volleyball championship.
The two-day invitational championship, which commenced (Friday) yesterday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, with four teams and over 50 para-athlete in attendance is aimed to promote sitting volleyball in Nigeria and to build a formidable team that would represent the participating States at both National and International Tournaments.
The four historical team includes Bayelsa sitting volleyball team and their counterpart from Lagos and Kaduna, with the inclusion of the host team – Legacy sitting volleyball club.
Legacy sitting volleyball team and the Lagos team made history as the first ever team to participate in a sitting volley championship in Nigeria with the Lagos team emerging victorious in both sets in a game of two sets (25-11, 25-15).
In the second game, it was a repeat of the final of the sitting volleyball event at the just concluded National Para Sports in Abuja as Team Bayelsa avenge their lost with a 2-1 (26-24, 15-25, 15-9) victory against Kaduna while the third game saw the first two losers, Legacy and Kaduna paired against each with Coach Omoh Lawrence led team record their first victory at the championship.
Responding to questions from Journalists after the games, the Chairman Legacy Volleyball Championship, Kayode Ladele says “the narrative before is that they see them as beggars, it doesn’t mean that their dreams are dead, with this (championship), it is making them have hope for the future that they is something out there for them “
On the Technique of the game, Ladele says there is still a lot to be done by the athlete to improve their artistry “No doubt you will see that the states that started this game earlier , there is a lot of improvement even though they also need to improve , encouraging tournaments like this , will make them keep practicing and training and this will develop sitting volleyball in Nigeria. In the nearest future, I see Nigeria going to the Paralympics and coming back with Gold “
The two day event will end today (Saturday) with medals , trophies and prize money to be awarded to the deserving team .