The Fifth Edition of the Lagos International Badminton Classics is set to commence on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
Speaking on the forthcoming tournament, Director-General, Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Oluwatoyin Gafaar said the Lagos Classics is the highest-ranked Badminton Championship in Africa with the prize money of 25,000 U.S dollars.
He explained that players from at least 34 countries including the host, Nigeria are expected to compete for honours at the five-day championship, stressing the readiness of the state to host another successful competition.
He stated further that in view of the importance 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 ahead of the Championship.
According to him, “The Umpire Course is to update the knowledge of participants, which will not only improve officiating at the Badminton Classics but also assist interested officials to become an international umpire”.
While noting that 24 Umpires selected from different parts of the country are participating in the two-day training, six of whom are from Lagos state, the Director-General stressed that the knowledge gained will help the officials to do their job better.
“The success of any tournament to an extent depend on the umpires who are expected to show fair judgement, good management and situation control”, he added.
The Lagos State Badminton Classics, which will serve off on Wednesday 24th July, is expected to end on Saturday, 27th July, 2019.