Third Sam Ocheho Invitational Handball Championship prize money now N2m

HandballThe stage is set for the third edition of the Sam Ocheho Invitational Handball Championship scheduled for the Lagos State Sports Commission, Herbert Macaulay Way, Alagomeji, Yaba, from June 10 to 19, 2016.

According to the organisers, the prize monies for this year’s championship has moved from N1.3 million in 2014 to N2 million in 2016.

As the competition attracts more sponsors, it is expected that the championship prize monies will increase also, the organisers said, adding that sponsors of this year’s championship will be unveiled soon.

Sam Ocheho Invitational Handball Championship is a bi-annual handball competition, which started in June 2012. It has moved from being a regional event to an International Championship. In this year’s edition, teams from the West African sub-region are expected to participate.

According to the promoter, Mr. Sam Ocheho, a banker, the major aim of the championship is to develop the potential in youths by moving them away from the street and channelling their energy to sports as a way of engaging them and reducing their tendency to participate in social vices. He said it is also a way of giving back to the society since he also benefitted from the sports in his schooling days before he had to cut short his involvement as a player and getting into administration.

Mr. Ocheho represented Lagos and Plateau in various championships and also captained his university team.

Immediately after university, he got a job in the banking sector and had to shelve his ambition of playing handball at professional level.

However, his love for the game never waned. He is currently the patron of the Lagos State Handball Association and a member of the board of the Handball Federation of Nigeria.

He disclosed that support for the Sam Ocheho Invitational Handball Championship so far has been from well-meaning friends and individuals that have recognised the immeasurable benefits of the initiative, and appreciate what he is trying to achieve.

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