For the first time in the 48 years history of the National Sports Festival, Lagos State will not be featuring her male Chess Team at the 20th National Sports Festival, Edo 2020. It has always been the tradition of Lagos State to feature both the male and female chess teams at the National Sports Festival.
Information reaching us is that the Lagos State Sports Commission reduced the number of chess players from 6 players to 3 players on both male and female teams, thus making the players to be in a state of dilemma on which team to present. Eventually, The Coaches and the Players reached a consensus to send only the complete female team to the 20th National Sports Festival.
This appears to be a blunder by the Lagos State Sports Commission. Chess is one of the games having so many medals to be won (16 medals) and the Lagos State Sports Commission not sending the Male chess team just reduced the chances of acquiring a whooping Six (6) —Gold/ Silver/ or Bronze medals from board 1—6.
Report by Fasinu Tolulope