Indoor sport badminton is set to move outdoors as the Badminton World Federation (BWF) is looking to implement Air Badminton on the global stage.
Air Badminton is a new development project designed to create opportunities for people of all ages and ability to play badminton on hard, grass and sand surfaces in parks, gardens, streets, playgrounds and beaches around the world and according to BWF President Mr Poul Erik Hoyer, the new outdoor game seeks to put a badminton racket in the hands of as many as people possible.
We spoke to Badminton Association of Ghana (BAG) President, Evans Yeboah, on how soon the sport will arrive in the country “In October, we should be getting ready for the first time Air Badminton to be on display here in Ghana.” Evans said
“We are looking at promoting this once we have the equipment arriving next month in September and then we will start with the media promotion around this particular Air Badminton which has been introduced.” He concluded
Evans also spoke more about how this new development will affect the sport in the country saying it would help the association as it has had trouble setting up the infrastructure for the indoor game
“It is important for us because infrastructure-wise we’ve had difficulty in building badminton centres across the country. So this also provides an avenue that people can easily participate, whether it is by the sea, whether it is basically on grass or in a normal sandy environment.” Evans said
“So it fits into our development plan of expanding the sport quickly among schools and communities across the country.” He concluded
A sentiment shared by the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) in a statement on the new development saying “This provides a big opportunity for Africa to excel in the game as one of our biggest challenge in most of our African countries has always been lack of infrastructure. We are extremely happy and eager to learn the new game.”
by Leroy Hawkson|TalksAfrica.com