BY CHINWE EDOGA.
The portraits of Nigeria’s Anuoluwapo Opeyori and that of India’s Ritika Thaka are already adorning the official online page of the Benin Republic International Badminton which serves off on Thursday.
Both are the singles winners of the just concluded Cote d’Ivoire International which ended on Sunday. The Nigerian, as the Men’s Singles champion will certainly be getting more attention than he received when last week he got into Cote d’Ivoire unsung.
How he will cope with the pressure of not being an underdog will be seen when he takes to the courts. President-elect of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria had earlier on Channels Television said that the essence of the Nigerians featuring in the West African Circuit was to prepare them for the more challenging Lagos International which third edition holds later this month.
The past two editions of the lucrative tournament had been dominated by foreigners. The participation at the Benin International will prepare the Nigerian players for better outing at the Lagos International.
The events at the Benin tournament are: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
Holding at Hall des arts, Loisirs et Sports de Cotonou Boulevard St Michel in Cotonou, the event will run from Thursday to Sunday.