By Sam Zanunga, Jalingo
Taraba State Badminton Association has thrown its weight behind its chairman, Mr. Audu Chindo who is set to contest for a seat on the executive board of the Nigeria Badminton Federation national elections coming up next year.
In an interview with Taravoices at the Jolly Nyame stadium complex Jalingo, head of department coaching, Taraba State Sports Council, Mr. George Shitta noted that the Association saw the need to have a representative on the executive committee of the federation hence the need to give its backing to Mr. Audu to have inputs as it relates to decisions that have direct bearing on the zones and to further attract national completions’ to the state.
Revealing, “We have been and still the state that has produced not just the nation’s number one badminton male player but also Africa’s number one (Ifraimu Jinkam) which is a testimony to the level we have attained as a state in the game. We have talents scattered all over the state and with some amount of support will continue in the grass root development programme we have lined up for them”.
The national badminton coach north-east zone added that Taraba would be better off if the state has a representative in the executive committee. “I must tell you that we know what it means to have your own, that is, someone who has what it takes to move the sport to higher levels in terms of hosting of national competitions and development programmes that will be beneficial to our players in the rural areas. This is the right moment for us to have our very own who we can vouch for”.
He said “If we just sit back and wait for others to support us, then the aim has been defeated. We must rise to the challenge and ensure we convince ourselves that we have the right candidate that we are sure will not only represent us but the entire north-east zone.
“He has excellent programmes that have been pencilled down although it is developmental in nature, what he wants which is very important is to bridge the gap between the older players and the new generation. It is one thing to be a champion, but you also need to have backup plans that will ensure you remain at the top”.
“We know his antecedents and how passionate he is to see that badminton thrives in not just Taraba, the north-east, but in Nigeria. We believe he will deliver that is why we are all behind him in support and solidarity to his candidature”. He maintained.
Taravoices also scooped that elections into the Federation executive committee, barring any unforeseen circumstances have been scheduled to hold within the first quarter of 2017. It would be recalled that in the last zonal elections of 2012, the candidacy of Hon. Isa Ajiya did not fly past the zone due to last minute politicking by some states with similar interests.
In a related development, the badminton national executive committee that has served the Federation for the last four years has been dissolved. However, it is unclear if the outgoing representative from the zone in the already dissolved executive committee will be seeking re-election.