Lagos – Fans at the ongoing 2nd Lagos International Badminton Classics on Friday commended the players for the high level skills they were exhibiting at the tournament.
The spectators, who spoke at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Yaba, venue of the tournament said the players displayed “highly entertaining’’ skills.
Funke Raheem, who simply identified herself as a lover of Badminton, said the performances by the players were thrilling.
Raheem also said that she was at the venue to watch the performance of her neighbour.
“It’s been wonderful being here, I have never watched badminton being played live. I didn’t know that we have such good players in Nigeria,’’ she said.
Kunle Shode, a Badminton enthusiast said he was at the venue to cheer Nigeria’s number one player, Jinkam Ifraimu.
Shode, who said he was an ardent fan of Ifraimu, said that he had never missed any of the player’s matches.
“Ifraimu is one player I hold in high esteem. I respect his style of play and he spurred me into playing badminton.
“He is my role model and I hope and pray to be great like him,’’ the fan said.
Fatai Badmus, a civil servant, said that he had to use the public holiday to entertain himself by coming to the venue to watch the quality of matches been played.
“Badminton is one sport that I so love and usually don’t miss irrespective of the venue where the game is taking place in Lagos.
“I have even encouraged one of my daughters to play badminton and she is doing very well,’’ he said.
Segun Olaide, a scholar, said that he preferred to watch the game live instead of viewing it on television, lamenting that he missed last year’s edition because he was indisposed.
“In fact, I have been looking forward to this year’s edition and I am glad to witness it.
“I have been looking forward to this since last year and I thank God for good health to watch it.
“I am very happy with the quality of talents here. Nigeria has fantastic players and I must commend our players,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the competition commenced on July 15 and will end on July 18 with 15,000 dollars as the total prize money.
Twenty-five countries are participating in the tournament compared to the maiden edition last year which had 16 countries.
The participating countries are U.K., Czech Republic, Mauritius, India, Italy, U.S., Israel, Ireland, South Africa, Portugal, Egypt, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Slovak, Hungary, and Turkey.
Others are Republic of Benin, Russia, Poland, Ghana, Slovenia, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria.