Nigeria’s representatives at the just-concluded Uganda Para Badminton International Championships and the Africa Para-Badminton Championships in Kampala on Sunday has arrived the country with 19 medals.
The team won seven gold and five silver in the Africa championships that held from April 30 to May 4.
While the players clinched one gold, three silver and three bronze medals at the Uganda international competition.
One of the players, Oyebanji Bello, who won of six medals in the two competitions while speaking on arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos said that he was delighted with the country’s impressive outing.
Bello appreciated the wife of the Abia State Governor, Nkechi Ikpeazu, for her support of the team.
The player revealed that the country would have missed the two competitions if not for her financial support.
“This achievement is massive for us as players and we are proud to represent the country well in the two championships.
“Our successful outing was made possible by God and the Abia State Governor’s wife for her timely support in ensuring their participation.
“We want other states government and the sports ministry to support the growth of the sport, ” he said.
The Vice-president of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Muhammad Maina who also arrived with the team added that it was a commendable feat for all the players.
Maina said the federation would continue to support the development of Para-Badminton in the country.
“I was in Uganda and witnessed how the Nigeria 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’ governments for contributing to the sport, ” he said.
A total of six athletes represented the country in the two championships.