Nigeria’s number one female badminton player, Dorcas Adesokan has departed Nigeria for Denmark for a month training camp where she will be taking part in some competitions as she aims to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
Dorcas who is the defending champion of the National Championships in Nigeria, the 1st Katsina Golden Star Badminton Championship and Mutual Benefits Badminton Championship which took place in Lagos state in 2017 is set to continue her dominance in 2018 but will be expecting a fight from the likes of Deborah Ukeh of Edo State and Zainab Momoh.
Speaking to www.badmintonnigeria.org Dorcas hailed the present board of the Federation led by Francis Orbih for engaging the players in international and national competitions.
“I am elated because the players are now having quality tournaments. Four top players returned from a training tour in Indonesia six days ago where they spent 63 days and today I am travelling to Holland for at least 31 days.
“As you know I don’t talk much but will let the shuttle and racket do the talking”, she remarked. Dorcas who recently got the sum of five million naira from the Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, is expected back in the country next.
Meanwhile, the six Para-Badminton players to the just concluded Uganda International Badminton championship and the Africa senior Para-Badminton championship in Kampala have been hailed by the BFN board and also praised the wife of Abia State Governor, Nkechi Ikpeazu for her support to the tournaments.
The team, led by Vice President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria Muhammad Maina, returned with 19 medals to the country on Sunday.
One of the six players, Seyi Dada Dixon who won two gold medals and ranked number one in Africa in his WH Wheel Chair 2 category expressed satisfaction with the team’s progress in the two championships.
He told www.badmintonnigeria.org that the competition at the Uganda International, as expected, was very tough and the players won a gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
“The two championships were very tough and good for the players but the team won more medals in the Africa Senior Para-Badminton championship. Winning 19 medals comprising eight gold, eight silver and three bronze medals was a remarkable one for us.
“We hope to set a better target than this next year”. Other players who competed in the championships are Bello Oyebanji Rafiu (SL 4), Chukwuebuka Sunday Eze (SL 3), Umar Baba Pate (SU 5), Ijeoma Gift (SL 3) and Chinyere Lucky Okoro (SL-4).