The Lagos International scrabble classic will come alive as players United States, England, Ghana, Scotland and Kenya are expected to feature in the maiden edition later in the month
According to the Chairman, Lagos State Scrabble Association, Dayo Alao, the tournament would also have a special invitational category for captains of industry who are expected to pay participation fee of N50, 000 with the proceeds going into a developmental programme.
“We are not only looking at the tournament alone, but to look at how we can develop the sport at grassroots level and that is why we will be having the special category for captains of industry with the proceeds from the participation fee going into a developmental programme in schools. The winner of this division will decide the school that will benefit from the initiative.
For us, we are trying to encourage support from this professionals,” Alao said.
The tournament will hold Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium from January 23rd to 26th with players competing in three events – masters/international, intermediate and opens.
28 games will be played across the three categories as all foreign internationals (and Nigeria-based Masters players) will play in the Masters category while the two other categories will be for non-masters local players.
The dictionary for the championship will be Collins CSW12 only.
The tournament is part of the Lagos Sports Classics and is expected to attract top players from across the globe.
The World English Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) lists the tournament, and the Nigeria Scrabble Federation supports it.