DHQ organises CDS basketball championship to mark Democracy Day

As part activities to celebrate Democracy Day, the Defence Headquarters is organizing the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Basketball championship.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, chairman of the organizing committee of the event, Brig -Gen. Aliyu Abdullahi (retd), said the championship, which begins on June 9, would attract 240 young players from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and adjoining states of Kaduna, Nasarawa, Kogi and Niger.

He said the event is a way of adding colour to the Democracy Day celebration.

Abdullahi said the four-day event would be attended by 10 teams comprising six males and four females.

“As you are aware, the Chief of Defence Staff is a gender sensitive person, as a result, the championship will feature both male and female teams, ” he said.

The chairman said the event was another non-kinetic approach to fighting insurgency, promoting peace, unity and national integration, as well as attracting young talents and to keep people off crime.

He said: “ The Armed Forces of Nigeria under the present leadership is ready to project soft power and diplomacy through sports. That is why the CDS is investing in sports.”

The chairman said the event would take place concurrently at
Monolisa Sport Centre and the Old Parade Ground both in Garki.

He added that the opening ceremony of the championship would be at the Old Parade Ground in Garki on June 9, by 4pm.