Muscat, May 4 - The Oman Badminton Committee (OBC) organised various awareness sessions on badminton through virtual communication channels. Three different sessions were organised remotely during holy month of Ramadhan as part of boosting the sports awareness to different categories.
AirBadminton programme, physiology impact of badminton on personal health, umpiring virtual course and hosting of sporting events were the main topics for the online courses.
The last session on tourism events (badminton sports as an example) will be conducted on May 11. The remote sessions were been delivered by certified trainers from international and regional federation. Jafar Ibrahim, Development Director at Badminton World Federation (BWF) delivered a session on (AirBadminton) which was launched by BWF as a new outdoor game and a new outdoor shuttlecock, the AirShuttle, in 2019. According to BWF, AirBadminton 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.
Jafar Ibrahim began his online sessions with an introduction on badminton and its playing system. Then, he stated that in 1992, badminton was one of the approved sports in Barcelona Olympic games in 1992. Later, he explained on including badminton training for schooling as sports courses with a detailed learning process and practical sessions.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth restructured the board directors of OBC as it is chaired by Dr Badriya al Hadabi with membership of Mohammed bin Khalifa al Mazroui, Ishaq al Hasani, Ruqaya al Omairi and Khalifa al Majrafi as secretary-general.
OBC had received the approval of membership at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in July last year. The committee which was set up in early 2019 aimed to boost the sport among the domestic clubs and juniors.
Since its formation, OBC had conducted a series of events in the previous and current year including the championships for students in schools and the clubs besides some elementary courses for the referees as an encouragement to have more Omani umpires. OBC’s plans were impacted by Covid-19 pandemic as many of open championships and events were postponed and cancelled.