The Badminton Federation of Nigeria‘s (BFN) teams Hope of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been slaughtered on the altar of Sentiment as the Egyptian Embassy has practically denied them VISA.
For a competition which also serves as Olympic qualifier that started on February 10 in Egypt, and Nigerian contingents are yet to be issued visa on the day the event begins, that could pass a message.
This writer who spoke with the President of Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) Francis Orbih Esq on phone by 4pm on Monday February 10, confirms that the teams are hanging as Visa has not been issued yet.
According to the worried President, BFN made an application for all her team members since January 28, 2019 and till this moment, no response has been given.
When asked if the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) and Youth Sports Ministry had intervened on the issue, Orbih replied:
“Yes they have intervened, and nothing has come out of their intervention” “For a competition that ends on Sunday February 16, it is sad we are yet to be given Visa on February 10”.
When prompted to know if getting the Visas on Tuesday February 11 was late, Orbih replied:
“I dont know, I can’t say”. “But if they give us today (Monday February 10), there is hope and we have kept someone on standby at the Egyptian Embassy in Nigeria”
It is however quite unfortunate that the Egyptian Embassy in Nigeria are deliberately doing this, knowing full well that Nigeria are Africa’s number one in Badminton, while Egypt is number two.
No doubt the idea behind this whole delay could be to deliberately deny Nigeria an opportunity to qualify while they (Egypt) probably pick the whole slots
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