As the maiden edition of the Chamberlain Squash Open (CSO) begins today (Sunday), a total prize money of $12,000 is at stake.
The Promoter of the CSO, Chamberlain Usoh, who disclosed this in a press briefing said 89 players have been duly registered for the competition from within and outside the country.
The CSO tournament is held at the Ikeja Country Club in Lagos Nigeria.
“ It will be an annual event and the players are in high spirits. We are glad with the impressive turnout of participants.
“The tournament’s total prize money is $12,000 for both the men and female categories.
‘’The winner in the men’s category will go home with $1,850 (N658,825) while that of the winner in the female category smiles home with N200,000.
In the men’s category, the first runner up clinches a cash prize of $1,235 (N450,775), while the women’s first runner up will go home with N150,000.
“The thing with the female category is that there have not been frequent tournaments for them but in partnership with the federation and the Ministry of Sports, we will see how we can pay more attention to the female category.
‘’The idea behind this championship is to ensure that more Nigerians makes it to the PSA world ranking”, Usoh stated.
Also speaking at the briefing, Samuel Aminu, Secretary General, Nigerian Sports Federation said what CSO has done was to create massive awareness for squash in the country, which he said had been relegated to the background.