… As Ijebu Unites Neighbouring Communities Through Sport– Baale Oluranti Ilori
The progenitor of the annual Baale Table Tennis Championship, Baale Oluranti Ademola Ilori has emphasised that the purpose of the annual table tennis championship which is a grassroots sport gathering in every January first at Ibakan Oke is to unite the Communities of Idofe, Iganran, Falafounmu, Ibakan Oke & Isale. Others are Odosapo Jenloye & Toloye, Imope, Aparaki, Odoalamo, Ipari Oke, Okeyejo, Ilaporu, Ipari Isale, Oru, Oke-Olowu, Oke-Eri, Idona, Ijebu-Igbo and Awa.
The Atunluse 1 of Ibakan Kingdom in Ijebu, Ogun State explained that: ‘’the physical activities organised yearly as non-professional level for health, educational and social purposes play a vital role in our local communities. Not only does the sport help us stay fit and healthy, it also helps develop individual sporting talents and also helps bring people from the local communities together.’’
According to the Chairman of the organising committee, Olusesan Olukoya, the purpose of the championship has been meant to an extent as champions have emerged from neighbouring communities of Aparaki and Odosapo since the commencement of the event though it holds in Ibakan Oke annually. The committee members are: Progress Jaiye Ilori (Chairman); Mr. Rafiu Adesanya (1st Vice Chairman); Mrs. Olubunmi Akinro (2nd Vice Chairman); Olusesan Olukoya (Coordinator/ organising committee Chairman); Alaba Olusegun Ilori, Abayomi Ilori and Mrs. Abolanle Adenuga.
The third edition of the championship will hold at Ibakan Oke on Friday, 1st January, 2021 by 2pm. The first, second and third winners will be presented with cash, medals and trophy rewards as well as other valuable prizes. All are all invited.