*N5.3million at stake as prize monies
By Adeyemi Robinson-Adefioye, Lagos
Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) has fixed Wednesday 8th to Saturday 11th November 2017, for the first Katsina Golden star national badminton championship in Katsina State. Four days later the train will move to Lagos state, where the first Mutual Benefit Assurance national badminton championship will hold on Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th November 2017, with a prize of two million six hundred and seventy thousand (N2,670,000) at stake in each of the tournaments and cash prizes available for singles in the Men and Women categories. The prize curve covers the 1st to 16th position while doubles and mixed doubles have prizes to the eight position.
For the first time in the history of the game in Nigeria, entries of players for the tournaments will be done online through the BFN website www.badmintonnigeria.org
Meanwhile, President Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Barrister Francis Orbih says action must match words from the new board stating that it is important to hold the National Championships in 2017.
“It is a double slam and a unique way to take off and start the end of year activities.
Katsina Golden Star Badminton club is blazing the trail and Mutual Benefit Assurance is following closely behind. It is a sign of better days ahead for Badminton in Nigeria”.
Speaking further Orbih expressed delight that the two national championships are coming after the Lagos international badminton classics in July.
“This is the first National outing of the new Federation Board, we have not had national tournaments for some years and this is what players and stakeholders have been yearning for. We will be able to effectively rank our players, after these tournaments”.
As a morale booster for female badminton players in the country Orbih says the Federation decided to give equal cash prizes to both male and female players as a way of promoting gender equality.
“We will not encourage discrimination against gender in badminton. This is why the prize money is the same for the male and female category”.