International Badminton Players have praised Port Harcourt for the successful hosting of the All African Senior Badminton Championship, saying that the tournament raised the level of the sport on the continent.
The players praised the peaceful atmosphere of Port Harcourt which contributed to the successful hosting of the Badminton Tournament.
Linda Mazril from Algeria said that she enjoyed her stay in Port Harcourt as the Competition was splendid in all ramifications .
A Morrocan Badminton Player, Kate Furon noted though they had initial challenges adapting to the food and weather, the All African Senior Badminton Championship hosted by Port Harcourt was outstanding.
She said that Port Harcourt is a City that they would want to visit again because of the hospitality and security of the state
Captain of Nigerian Badminton Team, Ene Joe Aba said though other countries came with their best, Nigeria emerged victorious because of the preparation and support of the Rivers State Governor.
Another player of Team Nigeria, Peace Orji expressed happiness with the All African Senior Badminton Championship in Port Harcourt, saying that the tournament has lifted the standard of the game.
Ruth Chinenye Ebere of Team Nigeria described the tournament as a dream come true for the sport. He said that the Championship has improved the standard of her game.
“My dream has been fulfilled by that tournament. This tournament is a dream come true. My game has been turned around”, she said.
Secretary General of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Austin Balewa said this is the first time the country is hosting the tournament after 19 years. He said that the Championship has improved several aspects of the game.
President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo said that the contributions of Governor Wike to sports development have been acknowledged worldwide, especially by sportswriters.
Governor Wike thanked the Badminton Confederation Africa for bringing the tournament to Rivers State as it has placed the state on the global map.
He assured that he will continue to support the growth of Badminton and other sports.
Simeon Nwakaudu ,
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
29th April, 2019.