Immediate past president of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Justice Danlami Senchi has been elected President of the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA).
Justice Senchi who is a Judge of the FCT High Court was elected President 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 president served the NBF as president for two terms of about eight years until the board was recently dissolved alongside other national sports associations by the Minister of Sports, Barr Solomon Dalong.
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 entire continent and ensure further growth of the racket game on the African Continent. He will also represent the continent in all WBF engagements around the world.
During his two-term leadership of the BFN, Justice Senchi led the Nigerian Federation to several laurels in international competitions.
During his tenure, Nigeria produced the African Number one and two players in the game as well as the African female number one and two best players. He also ensured Nigeria’s qualification to play in the Olympics where former African best female player, Grace Daniel represented the continent at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
In the last All African Games, in Rwanda, Nigeria 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 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.
An elated Justice Senchi said: “I consider my election as victory for the game of Badminton in Nigeria and I’m humbled by my election as Chairman of the WBF Executive Committee”.
The BCA boss said one of his Programmes would be to work towards relocation of the BCA Secretariat to Nigeria during his tenure since the country deserves to host the city tine two body in view of her numerous achievements in the game of Badminton over the years.