The players for the finals of the Fr Obikwelu tennis competition flank the special guest of honour, Fr Benedict Obikwelu(centre), chief umpire, Fr Ezemmaduka Kevin(Ist left) and assisting umpire, Fr Alex Okoli(extreme right). The competitors on the left are Frs John Paul Chukwuelobe and Paul Chukwukebe, while on the right are Frs Peter Ibeazor and Paul Dimude.
By Chinaecherem Princess Efobi
The finals of Fr Obikwelu Tennis Tournament which started on Dec 11,2017 came to a thunderous close on Dec 30, 2017 at the St Anthony's Catholic Church Nanka Tennis Complex. The tournament which was sponsored by Chief Pat Chidolue (Nnabuenyi, also known as Patty Joy and CEO, Chelsea Hotels) had the pair of Rev Frs Paul Dimude and Peter Ibeazor defeating the pair of Frs Paul Chukwukebe and John Paul Chukwuelobe to lift the trophy.
The occasion also witnessed the prize presentation to all the categories of winners of the Awka Diocesan DOSAD Priests Tennis competition which was held earlier in 2017 and was singlehandedly sponsored by Engr Barth Nwibe (Ugo Igboukwu). The winners of the Barth Nwibe/DOSAD competition received N50,000. Each, first runners up N30,000 and N20,000,for the second runners up for both singles and doubles main events.The veterans received N25,000, N15,000 AND N10,000 for first, second and third respectively. The Obikwelu tournament played only doubles special pairings.