Badminton Federation of Djibouti
I was born in Djibouti as the eldest of four children. My parents invested a lot to make us happy. My father was a mason and my mother was a cook in a hotel. We had a more or less easy childhood and we participated in daily household chores. At school, we used our free time to play football.
Initiation Into Badminton
The first time I saw badminton was in 2017 when I participated in a seminar in China on badminton techniques for coaches and players from French-speaking African countries. After returning to my country I started working with young people to create badminton clubs.
Badminton has now become my profession. I am national technical director of the Djibouti Badminton Federation and coordinator of the Shuttle Time programme. It is thanks to badminton that I discovered China which is one of the cradles of the sport. I met many people who made me love badminton such as the Chinese expert coach Lin and other African friends with whom I had unforgettable moments.
What Badminton Means
Badminton is a sport that has many benefits both physically and mentally. Badminton is for me a complete sport, playful and friendly, that can be played at any age for leisure or competition, and is accessible to all.
Impact of Shuttle Time
Shuttle Time has helped improve the numbers of the players in our region. Thanks to Shuttle Time we have noticed that the number of young players is increasing even if we sometimes have problems securing equipment.
Lessons from Shuttle Time
Shuttle Time is well adapted to the teaching of badminton in primary schools. The exercises recommended can be adapted for different age categories, and can easily be taught.