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The President of Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) Mr Francis Orbih, said the federation will petition both the Egypt Olympic Committee (EOC) and the Badminton World Federation, (BWF) over the denial and late issuance of visa for Team Nigeria at the recently concluded All Africa Senior Championships in Cairo, Egypt.
BFN president while speaking to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday stated that there was a need to petition EOC over the late and denial of visa for Team Nigeria so as to stop future occurrence, adding that the incident as affected Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan.
“We will write a protest letter to petition the Badminton World Federation and we copy the IOC and the African body because the damage has been done already, but we don’t want it to be swept under the carpet, because some many people have protested that the Arab countries always do that to other countries’’ he said.
‘’Already the NOC has written a protest letter to the EOC and copied the badminton world federation and badminton confederation of Africa ‘‘
‘’For BCA in which am a member we are going to suggest on some certain conditions that a country must meet before they can host any international competitions which part of is to give visas to very participating teams’’.
According to him ‘’Two umpires who were given invitations for the games was refused visa until today the Egyptian embassy has not given us reason why they didn’t give us the visas on time after summiting all the requirement ten working days before the events which has fueled suspicion of deliberate sabotage and foul play by the embassy. This negates all tenets of Fair Play and Sportsmanship’’.
It would be recalled that Team Nigeria played in 3 of the 5 finals at the African championships despite all challenges and frustrations which saw the team missing the Thomas and Uber cup qualifiers (Team event) of the championship.
‘’It was a psychological war fear because the Egyptian knew that Nigeria was a big threat to them that is why we encountered problems in securing visas, that resulted to Nigerian team failing to qualify for the team event in Thomas & Uber Cups in France ’’ he added.
Despite this performance, Dorcas Adesokan is still on course to qualify for the Olympics while Anu Opeyori and Godwin Olofua face a more difficult task of qualification.