Te­ju­osho, oth­ers to make bad­minton hall of fame

The Punch - - SPORTS - ’Tosin Oluwalowo

The Bad­minton Fed­er­a­tion of Nige­ria plans to in­duct the Osile of Oke Ona Eg­ba­land Oba Adedapo Te­ju­oso and other bad­minton vet­er­ans to the Na­tional Bad­minton Hall of Fame.

The BFN Pres­i­dent, Fran­cis Or­bih, made this known in an in­ter­view with our cor­re­spon­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to Or­bih, the hall of fame in­duc­tion would form part of ac­tiv­i­ties for the Na­tional Bad­minton Fes­ti­val the fed­er­a­tion plans to or­gan­ise at the end of this year.

He said the fed­er­a­tion wanted to hon­our vet­er­ans who had con­trib­uted to the growth of the game in the coun­try.

“One of the things we want to do this year, to round up our ac­tiv­i­ties for the year is to have a Na­tional Bad­minton Fes­ti­val, we want to plan it from the be­gin­ning of the year,” he told The PUNCH.

“At that fes­ti­val, we will have ac­tive play­ers com­ing to play, then we will have vet­er­ans and the ju­nior ones, in­clud­ing schools cham­pi­onships. It might be a week-long ac­tiv­ity and at the end of the event, we’ll have an award night where we want to in­sti­tute the Nige­rian Bad­minton Hall of Fame.

“We in­tend to be in­duct­ing peo­ple who have con­trib­uted to the growth of bad­minton in the area of ad­min­is­tra­tion, in the area of playing and tech­ni­cal, which in­cludes coaches and um­pires to the hall of fame.

“We have peo­ple like Oba Te­ju­osho, he was Chair­man La­gos, he was Na­tional Chair­man and he be­came the African Chair­man, even in the world body, he be­came the vice chair­man. He is alive, he is in Abeokuta, a lot of times, peo­ple don’t even men­tion him.

“Peo­ple like that should be in­ducted to the Nige­rian Bad­minton Hall of Fame, in­clud­ing oth­ers like Samson Eg­beyemi (a re­tired player). We have a lot of vet­er­ans and le­gends who have done so much for the game, so, we want to be­gin to hon­our them, not when peo­ple are dead. We even have those who are dead who were never re­mem­bered and still not re­mem­bered. For such peo­ple, we’ll give them post-hu­mous awards and let their fam­i­lies come and know that what­ever they con­trib­uted to­wards the growth of the game is be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated.”

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