Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) have stated delight with their opportunity they have in hosting this year’s African championship at Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A total of 18 countries are already confirmed for the All Africa Senior Badminton Championships, which will hold from April 26 to 28 in The Garden City, with competition holding in two separate categories.
The Mixed Team Event will hold from April 22 to 25 and the Individual championship will follow from the April 26 to 28.
Countries that have registered for the showpiece are Zimbabwe, Benin Republic, Algeria, Botswana, Congo, DR Congo, Eritrea, Egypt, Ghana, Mauritius, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Seychelles, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia, with the host country, Nigeria, also set to present a team.
The BFN further disclosed that they have finalised plans for a successful championship, ahead of which they commended all the registered teams and promised to stage the best competition the continent has seen.
The BFN posted on their Twitter handle: “We’re even closer now than ever! The #AllAfricaSeniorBadmintonChampionship19 returns to Nigeria after 18 years in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. We can’t stay calm. @DirectPHC @uforbih.”
Meanwhile, Rivers State commissioner for sports, Honouurable Boma Iyaye has stated that the government and people are ready to host this year’s African Senior Badminton Championship from April 26 to 28.
Iyaye said everything has been put in place to make the competition peaceful and successful at Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Centre, in the state’s capital, Port Harcourt.
A total of 18 countries are already confirmed their registrations to storm The Garden City, ahead of which Iyaye said the hosts are ready and very happy to receive their guests.
He added that the expected high level of participation shows that Rivers State is still one of the most important destinations for sports, tourism and entertainment in Nigeria.
Iyaye recounted that hosting the National Badminton Championship in Port Harcourt in December 2018 provided an opportunity to test-run the facilities and infrastructure needed to host Africa.
The commissioner also praised the state governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike for putting in place adequate sports faculties over the years, which he says has now become useful once again at short notice.
Iyaye boasted: “With the kind of infrastructure investments made by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, we are not surprised to see the quality of countries interested in coming to the state to take part.
“Rivers State is ready and we are sure this will be the best All Africa Senior Badminton Championships ever.
“This is the promise of the Rivers State Government to Africa and we are committed to keeping this promise.”