18th August, 2011
At least 70 players are taken part in the Oluwatoyin Badminton Championship at the Sports Hall of the Lagos State Sports Council, Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.
The tournament, which began yesterday will end tomorrow.
P.M.Sports gathered that the tourney sponsored by Erelu Oluwatoyin would attract badminton players in the junior and senior categories, while cash prizes and awards would be given to winners.
The sponsor said the tournament is designed to uplift the standard of the sport, which according to her, is in the doldrums, adding that there is urgent need to regenerate the game to meet international standard.
She said the second edition would be more glamorous than this yearâ€™s edition, promising to add more programmes to the tournament.
The former national badminton player, based in the Republic of Ireland, said she and her colleagues were exposed to series of tournaments during their playing days, but this has changed due to the failure of the Nigeria Badminton Federation, NBF, to attract numerous corporate bodies to support or sponsor its programmes.
Oluwatoyin noted that the federation should endeavour to organise regular courses for the coaches to keep them abreast of the latest trends in the sport, adding that such move would also aid the coaches to impact positively on their wards who will be better players, having acquired necessary skills to stand out in international competitions.
She also called on the federation to organise regular clinic/camp for young players in a bid to create a virile platform for the growth of badminton and to also discover players who would be groomed to become future stars.
The Lagos State Sports Council commended Oluwatoyinâ€™s zeal to add value to the sport and the stateâ€™s badminto players, who have been yearning for action after the last concluded National Sports Festival tagged Garden City Games in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Sports Council saw the competition as a way of keeping the players busy ahead of the forthcoming National Sports Festival which Lagos will host next year.