The Chairman, Lagos State Badminton Association, Francis Orbih on Friday said that plans were underway to revive the annual Lagos International Badminton Classics for the 2017 sports calendar.
Orbih, who was speaking in Lagos said that the event which could not hold in 2016 would definitely come up in the coming year.
“It was a sad development that we could not hold the International Classics which is meant to be in the third edition.
“The other two editions held in 2014 and 2015 remain the biggest badminton tournament ever staged in Africa.
“It gave Nigeria the international recognition and pride in the badminton world, but unfortunately, due to some issues at the Nigeria Badminton Federation (NBF) the 2016 edition was suspended.
“However, we are happy to announce to all lovers of the sport that the spectacular event will take centre stage come 2017,’’ Orbih said.
Meanwhile, about 100 top-rated players from Ondo, Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti and host Lagos are currently battling for supremacy at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Lagos.
The event, tagged “1st Governors South-West Badminton Championships’’ which served off on December 8 and will end on December 10.
The competition, sponsored by the Lagos State Badminton Association (LSBA), has top-rated players invited from Plateau, Niger and Abuja.
According to the LSBA chairman, the competition is aimed at keeping players in competitive form and maintaining players’ passion for the sport.
“It’s been disappointing year where we cannot really look back and boast of staging any championship.
“But we are happy we came up with this tournament and as a state that believes in the future of our athletes, we will always play the leading role in hosting tournaments,’’ Orbih said.