Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has heaped praises on Mrs. Obiageli Solaja after she received the 2019 African Women in Badminton award from the Badminton Confederation of Africa.
Solaja is the second recipient of the award, following Gretha Prinsloo of South Africa, who received the 2018 award last year at the BCA Annual General Meeting in Nanning, China.
“I wish to register my congratulations to one of Nigeria’s pioneer international badminton players Mrs. Oby Solaja for her recognition as the winner of the prestigious BCA award. This honour is not only well deserved but symbolic.
“Indeed, it’s an honour well deserved. I urge you not to relent in using your position in the game to further develop the sport in our country. This is also a recognition of the sterling leadership of the President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Francis Orbir, who has displayed astute leadership.” Dare said.
BFN president, Francis Orbih, also praised Solaja, saying the honour bestowed on the seven-time African women’s champion and 10-time Nigerian champion was well deserved.
He said, “I will say it is a reward for hard work. These are rewards for things we’ve put in place in the past. It is a well-deserved reward for hard work which will definitely spur her to put in more efforts towards the development of the game in Nigeria and Africa.”
Solaja’s qualification for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta was a landmark achievement, as she became one of the first three female badminton players from Africa to compete at the Olympics.
Source : PUNCH NEWS