Nigeria’s number one badminton player, Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Clement Krobakpor have retained hopes of clinching tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Opeyori said he wanted to continue in his march to become the number one rated player in Africa and consolidate on the rankings in the doubles event alongside partner Godwin Olofua so as to stand a chance of flying Nigeria’s flag at the Games.
Opeyori is rated Africa’s number two behind Georges Paul of Mauritius while he and Olofua are ranked the best in the doubles event on the continent.
Opeyori is targeting the gold in both men’s singles and doubles events of the ongoing All Africa Senior Badminton Championships.
“We have had a very good preparation for this tournament; I am not under pressure and ready to win in men’s singles and I know I will not have problems in the doubles too.
“I am targeting the number one ranking; everyone wants to beat the number one but I know I will achieve that in this competition.
“I want to get enough points to qualify for the Olympics and I will have a brighter chance if I win this tournament,” he said.
Krobakpor said he was ready for the battle in the men’s singles where big boys including his compatriots would slug it out for the gold medal. The experienced star said emerging champion would help his course of making it to Tokyo and was determined to reach his goal.
“I am going into this tournament with a sole aim of winning especially in the men’s singles; it’s going to be a great opportunity for me to move towards qualification for the Olympics.
“I hope to gain points here and then attend
more tournaments that will make me achieve my dreams of making it to
Tokyo,” he said.