Francis Orbih, the President, Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), on Thursday said that the ongoing tour embarked upon by four Nigerian players will bring out the best in them.
Anu Opeyori, Godwin Olofua, Daniel Philip and Daniel Christopher, departed the shores of Nigeria on March 3 for a two-month training tour in Indonesia.
Orbih said the tour was coming at the right time to guide and develop the players’ skills, ahead of any major international competition.
“We are happy about the development, and very thankful for the support given to us by the Chief Operating Officer, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Adhi Narto, the facilitator of the training tour.
“The essence of the two-month training for our top athletes is to further sharpen their skills in the sport and also give them that psychological uplift.
“When players see the efforts been put in place to enhance their success, they definitely would work harder and turn out good results, especially at the world stage.
“We want more individuals like our sponsor, Narto, who also is the honourable secretary of the BFN to come and support the sport, as it brings great development to our youths’’ Orbih said.
The president said he was with the players shortly before they left for Indonesia, and urged them to be good ambassadors of the country during their stay in the South-East Asian nation.
“Our players are the future of the sport and we need to invest more in them to help develop the sport and earn our birthright among other great nations.
“Arguably, things are gradually looking good for the sport. In February, our players returned successfully from an African championship held in Algeria, with five silver medals and two bronze medals.
“Another top-ranked African player, Adesokan Dorcas, has been selected to be sponsored on a yet-to-be announced training tour by the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA).
“The BCA has also promised to organise a training tour for Nigeria’s umpires that would be undertaken by officials of the Badminton World Federation.
“Sincerely, we strive and hope for the best in badminton in 2018, especially as we countdown to the Lagos Badminton Classics in July, which promises to be the mother of all events,’’ Orbih added.