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11 nations to compete in Lagos end of West African badminton circuit


*We must fulfil promise to the nation – Orbih

“We told you that the trajectory graph of development will be facing up during the next four years and that is the tall ambition we have set and will deliver” was the reaction of newly elected President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Barrister Francis Orbih.

Players from 11 countries would participate in the 2017 Lagos International Badminton challenge. This is coming only days after the Nigerians have demonstrated dominance in Cote d’ivoire Opens and moved on to the Republic of Benin Opens.

In the Benin Opens, we look forward to doubling the feat we achieved in Abidjan. We have been doubly motivated to work harder since this new Board came in. I wish you can feel the level of fierce competition now amongst the players. This is good for our sport, badminton” said Gideon Babalola, a staff of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)

Patience Okon, Secretary-General of the federation, disclosed that the competition would hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium from 26th to 29th July.

Okon listed the countries as Sri Lanka, Portugal, Egypt, Israel, Republic of Benin, Italy, Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, India and Nigeria.

“The competition is meant to improve players’ ranking and help them prepare for international tournaments,’’ she said.

Okon added that the competition would feature events in such categories as the male and female singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

The BFN secretary-general disclosed also that the total prize money for the competition was 20,000 dollars for the best eight players.

She said the Lagos International Badminton Challenge would be the third phase in the West Africa Game Circuit.

Okon said the competition’s first phase was held in Côte d’Ivoire in June, while the second phase would hold from Thursday to Sunday in the Republic of Benin. Lagos would complete the troika in the circuit.

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