US, Poland, Austria To Compete At Abuja International Badminton Event

Nine countries have confirmed participation for this
year’s Abuja International Badminton Championship
scheduled to serve off on September 30, at the
Gymnasium Hall of the National Stadium.
Top on the list include the USA, Poland and Austria.
Other countries that will also feature at the
International Championship are Turkey, Egypt,
Uganda, Ghana, South Africa and Mauritius.
Host country, Nigeria, will compete with her very best
players in the event which promises to bring together
over 100 internationally ranked badminton players into
the country.
The championship is coming barely two weeks after
the conclusion of the African Games in Congo, where
Nigeria won six medals in Badminton.
Leading Nigerian players who at various times were
best players on the continent including Jinkam Ifraimu,
Ola Fagbemi and Maria Braimah will file out to
compete alongside younger, but vastly improved
players like Grace Gabriel, Tosin Atolegbe and other
rising stars.
International stars expected to feature at the four-day
event are Kate Fookune, the Mauritian who won the
female gold in the African Games in Brazaville and the
male gold medalist, Edwin Ekiring from Uganda.
President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN),
Justice Danlami Senchi, said that the tournament has
been sanctioned by the Badminton Confederation of
Africa (BCA) and the World Badminton Federation
(WBF).
“This is an international championship and our aim is
to attract the best players of Badminton to Nigeria, so
we are doing everything to make sure the
championship is successful” he stated.
“The game of Badminton holds a lot of promise in our
country. We contributed immensely to the medals haul
at the just concluded All African Games (AAG) and our
intention is to keep improving the game as we move
along” Justice Senchi explained.
Secretary of the Federation, Mrs Miriam Akande,
confirmed that all arrangements have been put in
place to make the tournament successful.
“As you know, security of the players is uppermost in
our minds so we have made elaborate arrangements
on the issue of security.
“We have also prepared adequately for the welfare of
players and officials,” the Secretary stated.
Mrs Akande also gave the assurance that crucial items
like playing mats, shuttles and other equipment have
been provided to meet international standards while
the technical crew was working round the clock to
ensure quality officiating among others.
The Federation wants corporate bodies and sports
lovers to support the game of badminton, particularly
the Abuja International Championship so good
followership can be achieved.

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