THE Badminton World Federation (BWF) has certified Dr Chidi Metu as the first national Para-Badminton Classifier in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Metu was certified after attending a five-day BWF National Para-Badminton Classifier course, which held from April 26 to April 30 in Kampala, Uganda.
The classifier who, arrived in the country on Tuesday, told NAN that he was delighted with the development.
Metu said that the sport which was relatively new in the country should be accorded adequate support that would enable it to grow.
“I am happy and grateful to be a national classifier in para-badminton and to whom much is given much is expected.
“This is a sport for the physically challenged and we need to do more to encourage them in any of their chosen field in sports by supporting such athletes,’’ he said.
He added that his next target was to become an international classifier in the sport.
“This is just the first step to get to the international level and by achieving that, Africa will have a say, when we talk about athletes’ classification in the sport,’’ he said.
Metu commended Dr Chuku Abali, Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia for making the trip possible.
NAN reports that Metu is a Public Health Physician at the FMC in Umuahia, Abia.