The coronavirus pandemic has taken another global sporting event as victim. This time, it is the Africa’s biggest International badminton championship, the Lagos International Badminton Classics.

According to a media release by the host federation, the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), the championship, which was scheduled to hold from July 1 to 4th, is now postponed in the first instance.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) made the decision for the postponement after series of communication with the BFN, the Badminton Confederation Africa (BCA) and the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Sports Commission.

After due consultations and putting into consideration the global pandemic, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) ravaging the world, it has been agreed and decided that the championship be postponed.

President of the BFN, Francis Orbih remarked: “Much as we are saddened by the postponement, we are in total agreement with the BWF that the general well-being of the players, officials and spectators comes first and is of paramount importance.

“As we pray for an early end to the corona virus scourge, we appeal to all and sundry to keep calm, adhere to laid down advisories and generally stay safe.”