Para Badminton

Nigerian para-shuttler appeals for support

By: Swetha
Date: 23 Jan, 2018
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Bello Oyebanji, a national para-badminton player from Nigeria appealed individuals and corporate organisations for the support to participate in the Uganda International Badminton Championship and Africa Badminton Championship.

The Uganda International Championship and the Africa Championship will be held in April and May respectively. Bello said that  due to lack of funds, many athletes could be affected with their participation.

“We started training last year ahead of the two major championships, but we don’t really know if we will participate due to lack of sponsorship.

“Our participation in the two events is very vital for the development of the sport in the country; hopefully, we will win medals for the country,’’ he said.

Bello Oyebanji, who is currently ranked No. 1 in Africa, won two bronze medals in the male’s singles SL3 and the doubles categories at the maiden Uganda International Championship in 2017.

Oyebanji, who is the only African athletes’ representative in the Badminton World Federation, commended the Ministry of Youth and Sports for honouring him and other athletes for their performances in 2017. He even urged the ministry to do more in popularizing para-sports.

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