It’s a New Dawn, Says Nigeria’s Badminton Federation Boss, Orbih

It’s a New Dawn, Says Nigeria’s Badminton Federation Boss, Orbih

The new man on the saddle at the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Francis Orbih, has promised to uplift the sport in the country.

He rose to the position of president after being the vice president in the immediate past board. He is also the chairman of the Lagos State Badminton Association. Under his tenure, the sport got a boost holding two international classics that drew prominent players from 26 countries from all the continents of the world, hopes to do the same at the national level.

He has promised to bring such zeal to the national level, having now been given a higher mandate.

The Lagos International Classics according to him gave Nigerian players international exposure and also aided their rankings. The Classics is the highest category of Badminton World Federation sanctioned championship to be hosted by any African country.

A total cash prize of $15,000 (Fifteen Thousand dollars) was at stake at each of the two editions. With his election, Orbih said he will put in place measures that will make the game in Nigeria as well as the association a reference point for other African countries.

He also remarked that Para-badminton will also be given adequate attention.

“We are going to give Para Badminton the necessary encouragement and try to lift the game. Whatever we’ll be doing for the game of Badminton, I’ll make sure Para Badminton is not left behind, that I can assure you” he said.

The Lagos State chairman told Nigerians not to expect miracles in some couple of months noting that it will take two to three years for world beaters to emerge.

“We are going to hit the ground running, plan properly and have our clear cut programs. So I’ll say we’ll give it another two to three years. You cannot produce champions in a month, two or three. It is a process and we are going to start immediately we are sworn in” he added.

Orbih, a lawyer, revealed that the federation will go back to primary and secondary Schools in order to groom champions.

“We are definitely going back to the schools which are grassroots development. We must catch them young, nature them and turn them into champions” he said.

He vowed to run an all inclusive government where all the board members are carried along.

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