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LAGOS – The Lagos International Badminton served off on Wednesday with 15 countries at Rowe Park, Yaba.

A total 162 athletes drawn the 15 countries are competing for honours in the competition.

The participating countries are: Botswana, France, , Indonesia, Slovenia, Ghana, Austria, Canada, and Uganda.

Others are USA, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, , and host Nigeria.

The competition is scheduled to end on June 7.

A national One badminton female player, Bridget Ibeneri, who is an at the , told NAN that she was impressed with the entries.

Ibenri said that the athletes up for the challenge was tremendous, which indicated that that the sport was still widely accepted.

was amazed when saw the of entries which means that badminton is still here to stay.

am happy to see that the sport once played and presently teach is still widely accepted globally but only requires effort for wider acceptance in Nigeria,” she said.

Ibeneri, now a badminton Coach at the National Institute of Sport (NISports), National Stadium, Lagos, said that the would put Nigeria in a good light.

“We would get international recognition and it will aid in boosting ranking and reputation,” she said.

The coach appealed to the ’s representatives at the competition to the opportunity to build themselves up.

“The competition is right here in their country and it is a good way to have a feel of how badminton is played internationally,” she said.

NAN reports that the total prize money for the competition is 15, 000 dollars for winners in the categories. (NAN)