Tennis actions returned to Abuja over the course of last week, as the 4th edition of the One Service, One Medal Games (OSOM Games) held across various venues in Abuja. Tennis was one of the 15 events that happened at the games.
The OSOM Games is being organised to foster peace, unity and sports Development among members of the Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces in the country; and as well as discover hidden talents for podium success for the country.
According to the Director of Grassroots Development in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Dr. Ademola Are, “The OSOM GAMES was strategically designed by the Ministry in collaboration with the Military and paramilitary after the 2012 London Olympics Games to spur grassroots sports Development. We are happy that we are achieving the vision of discovering hidden talents for future podium success for the country.”
Nine agencies took part in this year’s competitions. They are: Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Correctional Service, Nigeria Navy Nigeria Custom Service, Economic and Financial Crime Commission & Nigeria Immigration Service.
Over 740 Athletes were registered for the 15 events which took place for four days and the Nigeria Police Force won the games with 71 Gold, 50 Silver, 31 Bronze.
Meanwhile, Tennis at the OSOM Games featured some national players and was held at the Tennis Complex, Moshood Abiola National Stadium Package ‘B’, Abuja. There were competitions in four events namely; Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles.
In the Men’s Singles, CBN 2020 Men’s Runner-up, Nonso Madueke claimed the Gold for NSCDC after defeating FRSC’s Uche Oparaoji, while Christie Nwankwo defeated Blessing Anuna in an all FRSC contest.
In the Doubles event, veteran doubles partner, Abdulmumin Babalola and Lawal Shehu, both representing NSCDC, combined to defeat FRSC’s Uche Oparaoji and Emmanuel Sunday in the Men’s Doubles, while Rose Abu and Osaro Amadin claimed Gold for NIS after defeating Blessing Anuna and Christie Nwankwo.