Nigeria badminton players, Godwin Oloufa, Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Dorcas Adesokan have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics which will be held from 24th July to 2nd August 2021.
The Badminton Confederation Africa (BCA) made the announcement on its official social media handle (Facebook page) on Friday.
BCA revealed that Godwin Oloufa and Anuoluwapo Opeyori qualified for the Men’s Doubles (MD) while Dorcas Adesokan will feature in the Women’s Single (WS).
An elated Godwin Olofua told www.aclsports.com that playing at the Olympic is what he ever wished for when he started playing badminton as a young and promising player.
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Olofua said, ““I feel so excited and blessed qualifying for my first ever Olympics; it is a dream come true. Since I began my badminton career, qualifying for the Olympic Games is what I have always wished and prayed for. I give God all the glory, honour that all my sacrifice and effort did not go in vain.
He said Nigeria is not going to the Olympics to participate but make a meaningful impact in the event.
The Lagose based player said, “I strongly believe that I and my partner will make a great impact at the Olympic Games. We have been training and preparing so hard with the assistance of a new coach from BCA who came from South Africa and has been with us for 8 days now.
“The intensity of the training with our current coach is high and I believe if we continue with the momentum, we not just participate at the Olympics but compete to win for the country”.
Others qualified badminton players includes; Julien Paul of Mauritius (Men’s Single), Hadia Hosny and Doha Hany of Egypt (Women’s Doubles) as well as Adham Hatem and Doha Hany of Egypt (Mixed Doubles).