Kwara State Sports activities Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, SWAN, has described the demise of the state badminton coach, Bello Oyebanji, as unlucky and an enormous loss to the African continent.
A condolence assertion by the state secretary of SWAN, Olayinka Owolewa, in Ilorin on Thursday, mentioned the late coach was getting back from Lagos the place he had gone for an interview on the Spanish embassy looking for visa for the final spherical of the qualifier for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
In line with the assertion, Bello, who’s the African consultant on the board of the World para-Badminton Federation, was scheduled to journey to Spain on Could 6, 2021, for the ultimate spherical of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics qualifier.
He certified for each the 2020 Brazil and Spanish worldwide para-badminton championships, however was hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic as each international locations cancelled the tournaments.
Bello, who was the state badminton coach, additionally coached the state para-badminton.
He died in a deadly auto crash on Ogbomoso-Oyo freeway in Oyo state on Wednesday evening whereas getting back from Lagos.
The late coach was ranked 20th on the earth.
Bello, was buried on the Muslim public cemetery in Irewolede space of Ilorin, within the state capital.
He was survived by his pregnant spouse and aged mom.