International Day Of Sport For Development And Peace (IDSDP) 2023: Heritage And Sports Host Chess Tournament

By Cornelius Ehimiaghe

The third edition of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) Chess tournament was recently held on 6th April 2023 in Benin City (Edo State). The event was organized by Life and Chess Club and Heritage and Sports. The event was powered by CSED (Community Sport and Educational Development) Initiative, in collaboration with Edo Innovation Hub. Participants from ten schools attended the event, which was officiated by arbiters from the Nigeria Chess Federation.

The Permanent Secretary of the Edo State Sports Commission was represented by Mrs Rosemary Amadasun (Head Coach of Edo State Chess Association). Princess Omoyemwen Adeyinka-Afolabi, Founder of Life and Chess Club was the Tournament Director. The participants and guests were treated to a rich tea break and refreshments afterwards.

Participants at the event learned about the importance of using sport to promote peace and unity in their local community. As invited speakers took turn to enlighten all present about the importance of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP).

The participants at the event took part in the traditional “white card” photo session, which is a unique feature of the various peace and sport events that universally mark the 6th of April, as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. At the end of the tournament, medals and trophies were presented to winners in the different age categories.

The tournament Director told our reporter that apart from the ongoing chess outreach programmes in schools in Benin City and environs, they are currently discussing with CSED Initiative on how to organize a chess summer camp in Benin City during the school holiday.