The maiden Media Table Tennis competition that is tagged: Solat Media Table Tennis Challenge has been described as a unifying platform and a means to promote harmony among the media practitioners in Oyo State.
The managing director of Solat Telecoms, the firm that is powering the event, Ganiyu Hammed disclosed this in a release issued ahead of the event that is tentatively scheduled to commence in the first week of April 2021.
Hammed whose firm had invested into the promotion of grassroots football in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State in the past said the decision to bankroll a sporting event for media practitioners is in line with the corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy of his firm.
“Without CSR, there would likely be less concern for protecting the environment, helping those in need, or supporting local communities. So it is a good practice for businesses and individuals to incorporate CSR initiatives into their plans to cultivate positive influences on society as a whole.
“We are doing this as a way of giving back to the society, which is part of our CSR. We believe the game of table-tennis will be an ideal way for the media practitioners to unwind and get rid of tensions because of the cumbersome nature of their job.
“The Idea is to bring them together to exercise their body with the game. Lofty prizes will be given out to the first three winners while every participant will also have a gift and share love in a sporting ambiance”, said the Solat boss.
Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman of the committee organizing the event, Sola Ayegbajeje also said “the event is conceptualized to further strengthen cordial relationship among the media practitioners in Oyo State and to create a friendly and competitive atmosphere where the ever busy media men and women will come together to interact and network”.