The Bayelsa State government on Monday presented N1m cash to national chess whizz-kid, Deborah Quickpen, to participate in the Africa Youth Chess Championship currently taking place in Windhoek, Namibia.
The Commissioner for Sports Development, Daniel Igali, who presented the financial support in Yenagoa, said the state governor, Seriake Dickson, approved the money to the eight-year-old to represent Nigeria at the cadet continental chess fiesta.
Igali thanked Dickson for always ensuring that deserving Bayelsa athletes were supported at continental and world events.
He recalled how the governor had often supported Nigerian wrestlers to continental and international tournaments, stressing that Dickson had demonstrated passion for sports and for his people.
In a remark, the Director General, Deborah Quickpen Support Group, Ada Gwegwe thanked the state government and the sports development commissioner for ensuring the release of funds to enable her to take part in the competition.