Nigeria’s team to the Para-Badminton International Championships and Africa Para-Badminton Championships in Kampala, Uganda are back in the country with 19 medals.
The country won seven gold and five silver in the Africa championships that held from April 30 to May 4, then clinched one gold, three silver and three bronze at the competition in Uganda.
Oyebanji Bello, who got six medals in the competitions, said on arrival at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos that he was delighted with the country’s impressive outing.
Bello also commended Abia State governor, Dr OkezieIkpeazu’s wife, Nkechi, for her support, adding that the country would have missed both competitions if not for her timely financial assistance.
He said: “This achievement is massive for us as players and we are proud to represent the country well in the two championships.
“We want other state governments and the sports ministry to support the growth of the sport.”
Vice-president of Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Muhammad Maina, who arrived with the team, said it was a commendable outing and pledged that the body will continue to support the development of para-badminton in the country.
Maina said: “I was in Uganda and witnessed how the national anthem was repeatedly played because of the number of medals won by our athletes.
“The badminton federation will continue to promote the sport in the country and I want to thank Abia and Kaduna states government for contributing to the sport.”