No fewer than 110 players from 22 states of the Nigerian federation would feature in its tournament scheduled for Ilorin, from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31, the Darts Federation of Nigeria (DFN) said on Friday.
Dele Oguntokun, Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chairman of the Championships, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin, the Kwara, North Central State capital, that the event was sponsored by the International Tobacco Company Club, Ilorin.
He said the championships were also co-sponsored by the Kwara Darts Association.
Oguntokun said the male and female players would compete in both singles and doubles events at the tournament.
The LOC chief said monetary rewards would be given to players who excelled at the end of the competition.
Oguntokun said the sponsor had earlier bankrolled the event in 2008.
“We want to make the facilities here busy because the company built it for the same tournament in 2008.
“One of the reasons we are hosting is to make the game popular among Nigerians, and to scout for players who can represent this nation at the global level.
“We cannot always direct our resources on soccer alone, hence, the need to promote other sports.
“The Tobacco Company built this edifice purposely for darts. So, if we don’t make use of the facilities, it may go bad,” Oguntokun said.
He said Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed was expected to declare the tournament open.