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Badminton umpires association concludes training, upgrade of members

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Ilorin, April 16, 2019 A four-day training to uplift no fewer than 58 badminton umpires and upgrade them has been concluded in Ilorin, the Kwara capital.

The Chairman of the Badminton Umpires Association of Nigeria, Mr Kehinde Jimoh, said at the closing on Tuesday that the event was put together to teach umpires the latest rules in the racket game.

He explained that they also moved umpires from one grade to another, while those trained by the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) were inducted into the association.

“Through this event, we have successfully brought together factional groups.

“We have an international badminton event coming up in Nigeria, since this will involve other African countries, we need to prepare our umpires,” Jimoh said.

The chairman of Kwara Badminton Association, Suleiman Warah, represented by one of his members, Bunmi Adedoyin, thanked the umpires association for choosing Kwara as the venue for the programme.

Adedoyin while describing Kwara as the home of badminton, said grassroots development of the racket game was the core value of the association in the state.

The resource person, Bola Magaji, commended the association for organising the training and advised them to separate the association from the BFN if they must succeed.

He also called on them to categorise the umpires so that the association could send junior umpires to junior category events.

The Kwara director of sports, Malam Tunde Kazeem, said the event came at a strategic period because it would be the delight of the federation to have Nigerian umpires in the African Games in Morocco in August.

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