Badminton in Nigeria gets a boost as the controlling body; the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) has successfully made Olymafrica to include the sport in the curriculum of its University of Port Harcourt study centre.
Olympafrica is a sporting organisation established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to cater for the sporting and educational development of youths in Africa. It has its Headquarters in Dakar, Senegal and the Centre at the University of Port Harcourt is one of its affiliates.
In a letter dated 6th December 2019, the BFN wrote to appeal and make a case for the inclusion of badminton as one of the sports in the Centre’s curriculum.
The Federation’s appeal was hinged on the fact that the centre has been the camping venue for the senior national badminton team during its preparations for recent continental engagements where the team performed very well.
The Federation was of the belief that the formal inclusion of the sport in the centre’s curriculum will greatly enhance its growth and development in the country.
According to BFN President, Francis Orbih, “It was therefore with great pleasure and appreciation that the Federation received the approval of the Olympafrica University of Port Harcourt Centre Board in a letter dated 28th May, 2020 signed by Dr. C.E. Agi.
“The approval read in part; “It gives me great joy to inform you Sir that the Olympafrica Center of the University of Port Harcourt has been given permission by the Board of the Sports Institute to start a Badminton Academy.”
Continuing, Orbih remarked that : “The larger implication of this development portends a great improvement in the growth of the game in Nigeria.
“The centre currently has a total number of six sports officially in its curriculum. Badminton therefore comes as the seventh. The inclusion will be in line with one of the key agenda of the present BFN Board, which is grassroots development.
Francis Orbih who was ecstatic on receiving the Olympafrica approval further remarked: “ “This is one of the numerous achievements of the current BFN Board that has grassroots development of badminton as one of its main goals.
“Having a standard badminton academy in a standard sporting facility like the Olympafrica Uniport centre will be a major boost for the growth and development of badminton in Nigeria”.
He said the federation will take advantage of this development in it’s quest for repositioning badminton for sustainable growth.