Central African Badminton Federation
I spent my childhood in a working class neighbourhood and my family was attached to the community. This allowed me to be in contact with a group of young people from our neighbourhood.
I saw badminton for the first time in 2001, in a military camp where the chief was playing with his colleagues. A few months later, we were invited to discover the sport and it allowed me to get to know this sport and to practice it.
The most memorable event was the organisation of the first tournament in my country in 2007. I had to organise the tournament with young people that I trained and that gave the basis of the practice of badminton in my country. Thanks to this sport I have known several people who today are like my own parents, at the national and international levels.
Relationship with Badminton
When I was a student, my friends at university who didn’t know this sport called me ‘Badminton’ because I was the only one who practised it.
What differentiates badminton from other sports is that it is a sport of non-violence. Badminton allows you to work your whole body, it teaches you to be endure and be physically strong.
The experience of this discipline in the community for me reminds me of the different clubs of the capital that we had set up in the years 2005 when I travelled through the districts of the city to supervise the young people in the 8 districts of our capital in Bangui in CAR.
What Makes it Different
What differentiates badminton from other games is the physical and technical aspect, which makes the whole body work, and also the fact that it is played by all categories of people.
Developing Badminton in the Community
My experience in the development of badminton in the community has been very pleasant. When we were setting up the federation, it was about creating clubs in the districts of the city of Bangui and this pushed me to be a volunteer for teaching the basics of badminton in the large districts of Bangui. We also had to organise competitions.
Experiences with Shuttle Time
Shuttle Time is an innovative programme that changed my way of introducing badminton. It enables children to learn with simple methods. It has been a positive experience for the practice of badminton through session plans that are adapted to the level of each athlete.