Death of Bello, Africa’s best para-badminton player, tragic: Kwara Gov

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday described as devastating and painful the sudden death of Africa’s number one para-badminton player Abdulrafiu Bello, saying d incident represented a huge setback for the Nigerian and African contingents ahead of d upcoming Tokyo Paralympics.

Bello, until his death the coach of Kwara Badminton Association and Africa representative on the board of the World Para-badminton Federation, succumbed to the injuries he sustained in an auto crash between Oyo and Ogbomoso on Wednesday. He was due in Spain in May this year for the last round of the qualifications for Tokyo 2020 paralympics.

In a statement on Thursday, the Governor said: “This is a huge loss to not just the Para-badminton community in Nigeria but to the entire sports community across Africa. Bello was one of the best para-badminton players of all time. His death is truly tragic. The government deeply mourns this great loss.