The Badminton Federation of Nigeria officially flagged off the third edition of the Africa Para Badminton Workshop on Wednesday at the Gymnastics Hall of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

The event, which has participants from a total of 15 African countries including Nigeria, is a four-day event terminating on the Saturday and is aimed at developing and sharpening the skills and coaching abilities of the coaches and players of para badminton.

It is an initiative of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and the Badminton Confederation of Africa, BCA.

The workshop is anchored by a high-powered team of tutors headed by a Badminton World Federation (BWF) tutor, Anton N.Ivanovic from Russia and comprises of Annirao Dajee (Mauritius), Ahmed Reda Badr (Egypt) and Nonvide B.Bokpe (Benin Republic).

The President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Francis Orbih has worked tirelessly to ensure smooth takeoff and execution of the program and has constituted a high powered committee with the Federation’s Vice President, Alhaji Mohammed Maina as Chairman.

Nigeria is hosting the program for the first time and it is so far the largest assembly of participants from African countries.

The workshop was declared open by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare who was represented by his Special Assistance on Sports Development, Mary Onyali.