By Jerome Obuninta
President of Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Francis Orbih has said that he is totally delighted with the standard of play exhibited by the players in the ongoing third Lagos Badminton Classics.
The superbly gifted president told sportstalkafrica.com that the level of competition from the players has clearly shown the high standard of the competition.
“I feel very happy and fulfilled, because all the hard work we have put in has yielded results so far” he said
“The tournament has been fantastic and the standard is high, and the top players showcasing some brilliant skills to amazement of the fans.
Orbih also poured accolades on Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode for always making sure sports in Lagos is top notched.
“For badminton no other state has done close to what Lagos has done for the sports in the last few years and under Gov. Ambode it has been wonderful the kind of support Badminton witnessed, and we thank him immensely for his total commitment not only to badminton, but for sports in general” he added
“Lagos has been setting the bars in terms of sports and if more states can emulate Lagos in promoting sports, am sure our sports would be better”
He also stated that they will introduce the game back to schools and from there they will be able to catch them young and make them future champions.
“We are going to have badminton in school programmes, that is where we will start from, and immediately the committees are inaugurated we will start work, and with our technical committee we will work together”
“We are going to have Junior, intermediate, and senior category, so we are going to have a busy calendar to make sure we get talents at young age and nurture them to future champions” he concluded.