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The Badminton Federation Of Nigeria (BFN) has taken delivery of 80 Badminton Rackets from the Japan Embassy donated by the Nippon Badminton Association (NBA).
The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi while handing over the rackets to the BFN at the Badminton Hall, MKO Stadium in Abuja, yesterday said that the embassy would support Nigeria’s quest to win medal in the badminton events at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.
“I am happy to be at this special occasion today. This being my first public outing after my arrival in Nigeria over one month ago. It’s indeed to start with a sporting event.
“Of course, most exciting is the fact that Nigeria is participating in the badminton event at the Olympics in the Men’s and Women’s Singles. Our desire is to support Nigeria team going to the Olympic Games in Japan, ensuring effective and succesful participation in all the Games.
“I am also looking forward to seeing Ms Eniola Bolaji at the World Para Badminton Championship in Japan this October. She has made history as the first Nigerian and African to win gold medal at the 2021 Spanish Para Badminton International Championship.
On his parts the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Francis Obih, commended the NBA and the Japanese Embassy for their kind gesture adding it would help the federation in bid for a successful Tokyo Olympic Games outing.
He further revealed that Dorcas Adesokan (women’s singles) and the duo of Anuoluwapo Opeyemi and Godwin Olofua
men’s double would be flying the country flag at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“Today is a very special day to the Badminton family in Nigeria. We want to say a big thank you to the Ambassador and the NBA for the generous donation.
For the first time Nigeria qualify for the Olympics in the Men’s doubles event and while we make a return in Olympic Games after 12-years of absence.
“This happens at a time Japan is rated number one country in badminton in the world, and hosting the Olympic this year. We’re planning to become the second best country in the game after Japan” he concluded.