Bello Oyebanji, a Para-badminton player and coach, has urged state association coaches to do more in the development of the sport in the country.
Oyebanji said on Wednesday in Lagos that the sport which was introduced three years ago in the country was currently being played in 10 states.
He said that if the coaches and other stakeholders were up and doing, their efforts would likely spur potential budding talents to prominence.
“States’ associations need to do more by organizing competitions to engage athletes in the sport.
States like Kaduna, Abia are doing more to promote the sport and others should do likewise.
At a time there was nothing like para-badminton, but the introduction has brought relief to many of us to participate in our own competition and represent the country as well.
So, if the states can do the needful, the sport will be at the forefront like para-powerlifting and other sports for the physically challenged,’’ he said.
The coach urged the Nigeria Badminton Federation to enter into an effective partnership with the body to improve the technical status of the sport.
Oyebanji won two bronze medals at the International Para-badminton Championships held in April in Kampala, Uganda.
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