*As Zuma Club wins 2nd Kwara Veteran Inter-Club Invitational championship
President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Barrister Francis Orbih, has pledged to reposition the game to sustain the interest of the people with the aim of taking its to greater heights.
Orbih made the pledge at the weekend in Ilorin while speaking at the final of a 2-day second Kwara Stadium Badminton veteran club championship tagged “Ilorin 2017”.
The BFN President said the Federation would create enabling environment to improve the game among the youths and veterans across the country.
He charged governments to make the sporting sector attractive for corporate bodies and private individuals to invest in it.
Orbih stressed the need for adequate maintenance culture of facilities in the country’s stadia to secure the confidence of would-be private investors and corporate bodies.
The BFN President stated that the Federation had mapped out strategies to make badminton popular among Nigerians.
He commended the commitment and passion exhibited by members of the seven clubs that participated at the championship.
Orbih also praised the Kwara Stadium Badminton veteran club for the smooth organisation of the championship calling on the members to sustain the tempo.
Also speaking, the Kwara State Director of Sports, Mallam Tunde Kazeem thanked the veterans for their support imploring them to organise tournaments for junior badminton players to rekindle their hope and talents in the game.
The Captain of the Club, Alhaji Sambo Magaji, thanked all the clubs for exhibiting the spirit of sportsmanship adding that the championship was organised to promote the game and expand friendship and relationship among the participants.
Alhaji Magaji who congratulated the winners urged the losers to put in more effort pledging that the tournament would be an annual event.
Also speaking at the closing ceremony, the Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, who was the chairman of the local organising committee (LOC), said he was happy with the turn out of participants.
He said the Kwara Badminton veteran club, will soon map out strategies to see how it can encourage and promote the game among the youths.
Zuma Badminton Club, Suleja won the championship with three gold and three silver beating Kwara Stadium Badminton veteran club to the second position with three gold, two silver and four bronze medal.
Police College Badminton Club, Ikeja came third with one gold, one silver and five bronze medals, with Bida Sports Club in the fourth position with one silver while City Gate Badminton Club, Abuja won three bronze medals to claim the fifth spot.
Lagos Country Club, Ikeja and Unilorin Badminton Club came joint sixth with one bronze medals each.