Tennis Players set to boycott Kano Championship due to bombing fears

Several players withdraw from Dala Hard Court Tourney for fear of been attacked by Boko Haram

A set of local tennis players billed to take part in this year’s Dala Hard Court Tourney in Kano say they will withdraw from the championship due to the bombings in that part of the country

Last Friday, a mosque in Kano was bombed with many dead and scores injured; such terrifying news scares the players who would rather stay back home than attend the tournament next week.

“I may not attend the Dala tournament. Who will kill himself because of some money that will expire in a short while? I am still doubting my attendance, really,” one of the players, Albert Bikom said

Another player, Kayode Olawolu added: “If it were some other time, I would have loved to go but with this present situation, I do not seem myself in that part of this country, not at the moment.’’

“The rate at which the insurgents are slaughtering people in the country now is quite overwhelming. Not even with the primaries taking place in virtually every part of the country. I honestly would not risk attending the tournament for anything,” a female player said

Despite the withdrawal by the players, some have resolved to still participate because their international rankings are at stake.

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