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Sierra Leone Sports: Badminton exec to implement Shuttle Time Badminton Program in schools

Thomas Lund, Secretary General of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced the BWF’s Schools Badminton Program. This program aims to help teachers and coaches develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to plan and deliver safe and fun badminton lessons to children around the world. To date, BWF have supported the implementation of Shuttle Time in 120 countries around the world.  That is why the Badminton World Federation are actively supporting the implementation of the Shuttle Time Schools Badminton Program in Sierra Leone. He said the Badminton World Federation to give their commitment on the program they would like to send the following items, which will be used by coaches and teachers to introduce the Olympic sport of badminton to thousands of children in schools across Sierra Leone. 300 x Victor badminton rackets, 90 half dozen x Victor nylon shuttlecocks, 30 x Victor badminton nets, 15 x Victor school set bags. According to badminton player, Shamsu Mustapha, they are very happy for that as they want to start from the schools, which will be a very good foundation if the sport is to grow. Both the World Federation Secretary General and the executive of the Sierra Leone Badminton are calling on the Sierra Leone Customs Department to assist in clearing the equipment for free as they want to start the work in the schools before the end of the month.  He recalled that last year in August the Acting Secretary General of the Badminton Confederation of Africa, Sahir Edoo, from Mauritius was in town to assess the badminton sports in the country and assure the association for support from the Africa and World bodies. During that visit, Sahir Edoo, said Shuttle Time is the school badminton development program and it is one of the most popular school projects worldwide, among all international federations. Sahir Edoo articulated that the purpose of his visit to Sierra Leone is to ensure that the project comes to reality and to as well notify the Ministry of Sports, the National Sport Council and the National Olympic Committee about how serious the BWF and the BCA to develop badminton in the country, using the schools as a factor to lookout for imaginary talents. Idrissa Kamara said badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach; formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racquet and landing it within the opposing side’s half of the court. Each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. Play ends once the shuttlecock has struck the floor or if a fault has been called.

16/10/18

By Bernard Turay

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Wednesday October 17, 2018.

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