Former African number one badminton player, Dorcas Adesokan told www.aclsports.com that she is hungry for continental glory in 2024.
Adesokan defeated Sofiat Obanisola 2-0 (23-21, 21-18) to win the 3rd Ikoyi Club National Badminton Classics.
In an exclusive interview with www.aclsports.com, Adesokan said she plans impacting positively in the team when competition resumes in the coming year.
She revealed that the Olympic Games in Paris is not her number one priority but winning laurels at the 2024 All African Championships and African Games in Ghana.
The former National no 1 said, “I am looking forward to a lot of tournaments in 2024 including the All African Championships, African Games and Olympics. I have not participated in a lot of National Tournaments in years; for me the Olympics is out of my target. The gathering of Olympics points is going to end in the next two months.
“For the All African Championships and African Games, I want to bring back memories and perform exploits as well as play my best. I want to impact positively on my team, play my best and my coming back will add value to Nigeria. 2024 is going to be my year of victory in every tournament I participate in”.
She expressed joy winning the 3rd Ikoyi Club National Badminton Classics held in Lagos.
She said the road to recovery was tough adding that there were no tournaments to test her renewed abilities.
Adesokan said, “I am happy to win the classics and grateful to God because it is not by my training but by the grace of God. I have not participated in major tournaments since my maternity rest (2021); playing my second tournament in 2023 and winning it makes me glad. It gives me an assurance that I can still get it right and not give up.
“At first it was rough because I did not have enough training; until I learnt we were going to have two tournaments at the end of the year. I am happy it ended in praise and victory; it was not easy because staying at home for three years weakened my morale as there was nothing to train for.
“I trained to keep fit and not for tournaments; there was no target and purpose. The Mutual Benefits and Ikoyi Classics made me put more efforts in training”, she told www.aclsports.com