The First Lady of the State of Abia, Dr. Nkechi Ikpeazu has donated a Toyota Sienna pickup for the use of para-badminton players, even as she promised to continue supporting the game in the country.
The donation was made on Tuesday when the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) led by its president, Attorney Francis Orbih, paid a courtesy visit to Dr. Ikpeazu at Government House, Umuahia.
The First Lady promised to make the Dr. Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu National Para-Badminton Championship an annual event and ensured that the second edition will be held in the first quarter of next year in conjunction with the U-17 Zonal Championship. .
He promised to support para-badminton players who are on the verge of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Speaking previously, Orbih stated that BFN members were in Umuahia to express the appreciation of the board for the immense contribution of the First Lady to the development of para-badminton in the country.
He said: “We really appreciate your contribution to the development of para-badminton which has led to the growth of the game in the country. It has also demonstrated its commitment to the game by sponsoring the Dr. Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu National Para-Badminton Championship in 2016, the National Para-Badminton Team’s trip to the 2018 Uganda International Para-Badminton Championships and the Para-Badminton. African 2018 Championship in Uganda.
“The First Lady’s support has had a major impact on the team, raising it to the enviable position of the number one nation in para-badminton in Africa, while her effort also led to tea qualification for the World Championships. Para-Badminton 2019 in Basel. , Switzerland, which unfortunately the team was unable to attend due to visa problems.
“His Excellency’s support also made it possible for some of the team members to be selected by the World Badminton Federation for partial sponsorship towards qualification for the Tokyo Paralympic Games,” Orbih added.
The BFN boss thanked the First Lady of Abia for her decision to sponsor the second edition of the Dr. Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu National Para-Badminton Championship with a view to making it an annual event, while congratulating her on the gift of the van to the players.
Orbih expressed his belief that Nigeria’s badminton history would not be complete without the name and tremendous support of Dr. Ikpeazu.
The members of the board who accompanied Orbih on the visit were Ms. Obiageli Solaja, representative of the southeast area, Mr. Gabriel Gbayan, representative of the north central area, Mallam Tunde Kazeem, Mr. Isaac Ogbole, Mr. Samuel Ekeoma, the National Coordinator of Pará Badminton and Mr. Chinedu Osuoha, Secretary General of the Federation.