A strong collection of the nation’s finest draughts players will converge at the Bukom park in a fortnight to contest for the ultimate prize of the first Happy FM Damehene Open Championships.
Starting time is 8.am.
The two-day event rolls off on August 29 and it is expected to pull hundreds of the sport’s enthusiasts nationwide to the capital city.
As of Monday, 192 crack players from the 10 regions has registered for the potentially enthralling event that has lots of cash prizes at stake for the best three as well as house-hold appliances, including flat-screen television sets, gas cookers, fridges and other consolation awards.
According to the Head of Events at Happy FM, DJ Adviser, over a whooping GH¢30,000 has been sunk into the competition in order to bring the best out of it.
“We want to develop and promote the game and make it more popular than it is at the moment and also form very strong association capable of projecting the sport to the highest level,” he told the Times Sports yesterday.
He said the event was the first-ever by a radio station in the country “and that should tell everybody the seriousness that we have attached to it.”
Drawing out the parameters for the competition, the Greater Accra Regional Draughts organiser, Mensah Mantey, said it would be solely on knock-out basis.
“Each player is playing five pieces (games) and the winner moves on to the next stage. What it means is that, four of the games could end up in a draw and the last one a win, for the winner,” he explained.
For his part, acting president of the Greater Accra Draughts Association (GADA), Park Kojo Okyere, has promised a thrilling event and called on followers of the game to troop to the Bukom park in their numbers to watch the nation’s finest in action.
Some of the ‘mammoth’ names expected for the showpiece are George Afrifa (Kikiway), Theophilus Nii Ayi, Arday Aryee, Otega, Wusie, Derrick and Abu National, among others.
Sponsors for the event are Jubilee Sports, Otaten, Mbama Foundation and Kasapreko bar-man ginger.
By John Vigah