The Nigeria Tennis Federation on Friday lost its Vice President, Tonye Harry, who died on board an air ambulance.
The death of the vice president, a former Speaker of the Rivers House of Assembly, was confirmed by the Director of Sports in Rivers, Daobu Harry.
The director, who was cousins with the late vice president, said he died in the early hours of Friday on board an air ambulance on his way to France for treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
He said the deceased had played tennis with his friends at the Port Harcourt Club on October 1 to mark the country’s 53rd independence anniversary.
``After the game, he complained of dizziness and restlessness. He was taken to a hospital in Port Harcourt for attention.
``When his condition did not improve, an air ambulance was brought to take him to France for further treatment. He passed on just as the plane got to Algeria in the early hours of Friday,’’ he said.
The friends and associates of the late Harry received the news of his passing on with shock as members of the Port Harcourt Club discussed it in groups.
A member of the club, Benson Kio, lamented that the deceased vice-president of the NTF would be missed.
``The club will react appropriately after hearing from the family. Surely, Tonye will be missed by all.
``It is to his credit that he sponsored a yearly tennis tournament for youths in the country.
``He also runs a tennis academy for primary and secondary students during their vacation,’’ Kio said.