34 countries to compete for $25,000 at the Lagos International Badminton Classics

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Over 34 countries would be in attendance at the 2019 Lagos International Badminton Classics on Wednesday.

Director-General of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Oluwatoyin Gafar, says Lagos State is ready to host the 5th edition of the Lagos International Badminton Classics.

It is scheduled for the Teslim Balogun Stadium from July 24 to July 27.

In a statement on Monday, Gafar said “The Lagos International Classics is the highest-ranked Badminton Championship in Africa with the prize money of 25,000 dollars.”

“Players from at least 34 countries, including hosts, Nigeria are expected to compete for honours at the five-day championships.”

“Lagos State is very ready to host another successful tournament because the knowledge gained from the competition will help the players to understand the game and will also help the officials to do their job better,” he said.

The Director of Public Relations, LSSC, Titi Oshodi, said that as a prelude to the competition, the Badminton World Federation in conjunction with the Nigeria Badminton Federation had organised a two-day course for the umpires.

“Ahead of the event which serves off on Wednesday, the Badminton World Federation in conjunction with the Nigeria Badminton Federation has organised a two-day course for Umpires.

“The Badminton World Federation organised the umpire course ahead of the championships. The Umpires course aimed to update the knowledge of participants will not only improve umpiring at the Badminton Classics but also assist officiating officials who wish to become international umpires

“The success or otherwise of any tournament to an extent depends on the umpires who are expected to show fair judgment, good management and situation control,” she said.




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