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BADMINTON: Justice Senchi On A Rescue Mission

Armed with several years of experience in managing the game at the national level, Justice Danlami Senchi defines mission as he is set to revive the racquet game on the African continent in his new capacity as President, Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA).

Immediate past president of the Badminton Federation of  Nigeria( BFN), Justice Danlami Senchi, was recently elected President of the Badminton Confederation  of Africa (BCA) at the recently concluded Annual General Meeting(AGM) of the World Badminton Federation (WBF) which  held from May 16-20 at Gold Coast, Australia.

The new BCA comes to his job with several years of managing the racquet game in Nigeria. Starting out as Member of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria( BFN), The Jurist rose to the position of Deputy President before taking the mantle as President as President of BFN, a position he held for  about nine years until the board was recently dissolved alongside other national sports associations by the Minister of Sports, Barr Solomon Dalong.

The Judge of the FCT High Court arrived the Australian meeting with no ambition to take over the continental assignment until the session after careful consideration of his credentials in the game nominated him and eventually voted in his favour to lead the game on the African continent.

In what turned out a double victory for the Jurist, the WBF also elected Justice Senchi  into its Executive Committee and appointed him Chairman of its influential  Ethics Committee, which handles petitions and complaints from players, officials, sponsors and other stakeholders around the world.

In his new assignment, Justice Senchi will oversee all activities of the game of Badminton on the African entire continent and ensure further growth of the racquet game while representing the African continent in all WBF engagements around the world.

In his two- term leadership of the BFN, Justice Senchi led the Nigerian Federation to several laurels in international competitions.  For instance, Nigeria produced the African Number one and two topmost players in the game as well as the African female number one and two best players. He also ensured Nigeria’s qualification to play at the Olympics where former African best female player, Grace Daniel represented the African continent at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

In the last All Africa Games, in Rwanda, Nigeria’s Clement Krobako, won Bronze medal in the male singles event and only recently won another Bronze in the African Cup in South Africa, the highest competition in Badminton on the continent.

The immediate past BFN president also introduced the Annual Nigerian International Badminton Competition in Abuja which brings together leading world players in the deliberate effort to popularize the game among Nigerian youths.

In consideration of his rich experience, stakeholders of the game have high expectations that Justice Senchi would give Badminton a new direction in Africa. Specifically, Africa’s record at the World level has been all but unimpressive in a game dominated by the Asian countries of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Japan and South Korea over the years trailed by European nations like Germany, Britain, Denmark, The Netherlands and France.

In a recent statement, an elated Justice Senchi said” I consider my election as victory for the game of Badminton in Nigeria and I am humbled by my election as Chairman of the WBF Ethics Committee especially when there was a judge of an Appellate Court from another country who is a member of the WBF Executive  Committee”.

While announcing his mission for Africa, the BCA boss said one of his Programmes would be to work towards increasing Africa’s participation at the 2022 Olympics holding in Tokyo, Japan.

“ One of the factors affecting Badminton in Africa is poor state of facilities. The other factor is funding. I will endeavour to address these challenges in the interest of the game”, he told Daily Asset. The new president plans to relocate the BCA Secretariat to Nigeria for better coordination of continental Programmes.

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