No fewer than 50 foreign players have confirmed their interest to participate in the forthcoming 2013 Godswill Akpabio International Scrabble Classic slated to hold in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State from September 25 to 29, 2013.
President of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) Chief Toke Aka, yesterday, confirmed to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND SPORTS that out of the 50 foreign players expected, 30 are African players while the other 20 players will come from Europe, Asia, South America and other parts of the world.
Among the top foreign players expected according to Aka, are world champions including the current world champion, Nigel Richards. He said the former world champion, Pakorn Nemitramansku, who won the last edition of Godswill Akpabio International Classic is also expected to come and defend his title. “We 50 foreign players to participate in this year’s edition. Among them is the current world champion, Angel Richard. He has won everything in Scrabble and the only scrabble biggest event remaining this year, Akpabio Classic, so he wants to come and pick title to update his grade.
” Pakorn Nemitramansku, who won the last edition of Akpabio Classic is also coming to defend his title.”
The 2013 Godswill Akpabio International Classic is the 7th edition of the annual championship. Four male categories will be played namely Opens, Veterans, Intermediate and Masters. The Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSC) national ratings will be used in categorise the locally based players into the event they will play in. All foreign players are expected to play in the Masters category.