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Ondo, Bayelsa Win Shell Volleyball Tournament

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Sunshine Spikers of Akure, Ondo State and the City Spikers of Bayelsa State, have won the male and female categories of the 6th edition of Shell National Volleyball Tournament.

The Sunshine Spikers beat the Shell Spikers of Port Harcourt to emerge winners in the male category while the City Spikers beat the Dynamic Spikers of Nnewi, Anambra State to emerge winners of the female category.

A total of 17 female volleyball teams and seven male volleyball teams took party in the invitational tournament, which held at the Shell Residential Area Volleyball Court in Port Harcourt.

Speaking at the event, Country Chairman of  Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN) and Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Mr. Osagie Okunbor, said the tournament was a partnership programme between SPDC and Nigerian Volleyball Federation (NVF) to develop sports in the country.

Okunbor, who was represented by the Deputy Managing Director of SPDC, Mr. Simeon Ruddy, advised volleyball players to cultivate the culture of sportsmanship through fair play.

The SPDC Managing Director said: “I think for us in Shell is all about partnership to develop sports. Apart that we are very excited.”

Also speaking the General Manager, External Relations, SPDC, Mr. Igo Weli, expressed joy over the quality of players that competed in the tournament.

Wali said: “We proud of it, for holding a volleyball tournament that was attended by many national team players.

“But we are also looking at the big picture, how we can bring another Shell to Nigeria and also to bring back Trans Amadi to its former state in terms business.”

In an interview with newsmen, National Secretary of Nigerian Volleyball Federation, Maikano Alhaji Adamu, said the tournament has exposed many hidden talents.

Adamu stated that at least five players would be invited from the tournament to the national volleyball camp immediately after the competition.

He said: “I must commend the organisers of the tournament, because it was well organized, besides, feeding players in an invitational tournament is a plus, because it has not been the practice.”



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