THE Badminton Confederation of Africa has nominated the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike for the award of ‘Distinguished Service to Sports in Africa’.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Rivers State Governor on Saturday at the Government House in Port Harcourt, President, Badminton Confederation Africa, Tukebana Bau, praised Wike for his contribution towards the growth of Badminton in Africa.
“We acknowledge your support and passion for Badminton in Africa. For this reason, the Badminton Confederation of Africa Board resolved to honor you with the prestigious award for your distinguished Service to Sports in Africa.
“This award will be presented to you during the finals of the African Badminton Championships in Port Harcourt,” Bau said.
He described the All Africa Senior Badminton Championships in Port Harcourt as historic, saying that it is the first time the tournament will have a mascot.
The BCA President urged Nigeria and the state governor to continue to play the leading role in the growth of sports in Africa by sustaining their support.
Congratulating Wike on his re-election, he said the governor’s victory would strengthen the platform for future cooperation and growth of sports in Africa.
President of Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Francis Orbih, said that Nigeria made history during the championship by winning her first team event at home.
Orbih noted that 16 African countries were participating in the tournament, which had attracted global attention.
Responding, Wike thanked the leadership of the BCA for choosing Rivers State as host of the championship, adding that all the 16 countries will now serve as ambassadors of the state.
He described sports as key to the unity of different races, adding that his administration will continue to support the growth of sports.
The governor said despite the security challenges in the state, it remained largely safe for sports and investments.
He promised that the state would continue to work with other stakeholders to promote peace.
Wike for the award of ‘Distinguished Service to Sports in Africa’