Over 150 badminton players across the country are expected to participate in the first Katsina Golden Star National Badminton Championship from November 8 to 11.
The three-day tournament is the first national competition since the Lagos International Badminton Classics earlier in the year. It will be followed by the Mutual Benefits National Badminton Championships in Lagos.
Kaduna State player Peace Orji hailed the vision of the new board of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria led by Francis Orbih, saying it was an indication that the sport would soon become popular in the country.
“It is a bold move by the BFN to have two championships this month. Many of the players have stopped playing the game but this will bring a new hope for badminton in Nigeria,” she told Badmintonnigeria.org.
Lagos-based Opeyori Anu expressed excitement at the forthcoming championships.
He said, “The last time we hosted a championship was 2013 in Abuja and since then nothing has come up. Now we have not just one but two championships in November, which makes it more exciting than ever. More tournaments give more experience and more motivation to the players.”
Another player, Godwin Olofua said he could not wait to arrive in Katsina for the championship.
“I am excited because what we have been praying for has happened. Since we have not had national championships in Nigeria since 2013, it has affected the players psychologically,” he said.
Orbih assured competitors, officials and fans, who would be attending the event, of adequate security.
“I want to assure everyone who will be travelling to Katsina to expect the best of hospitality. We want people to come with their family to watch the competition,” he said.
Over N2.6m in prizes would be won at the tournament.
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