The Ogun State counterpart in the just concluded Ivory Coast and Republic of Benne International Badminton Championship has done the state proud again by wining 4 medals.
The Director, Ogun State Sport Council, Mr. Faleti Adesola, who made this known while presenting the winners of the medals to the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Afolabi Afuape in his office at MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto in Abeokuta, said this was another great acheivment for the state.
He said this was not the first time Miss. Adesokan Dorcas who won 2 gold and 1 bronze in the competition would be making the state proud in badminton as she also won gold medal in African Badminton Competition in South Africa last year, adding that Miss.Ilori Aminat won a bronze in her first outing in the Championship.
Faleti said the acheivment was a great signal that could pave way for the state badminton team to participate in the upcoming year 2020 Olympic in Tokyo.
“Sir I want to appeal to you, that to keep Adesokan and Ilori as one of our best badminton players is to enrol them in the state employment for making the state proud as this fit is a big signal to participate in 2020 Olympic in Tokyo,” Faleti said.
Responding, the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Mr. Afolabi Afuape said the state has always been known to be first in every aspect of human endeavors particularly in sport, adding that the news reaching him was that one of the State Athletes, Miss. Yinka Bantefa in the ongoing National Athletic Trials(NAT) in ABUJA, also won a gold medal in 1,500 meter.
Promising to look into the employment issue for the two players who has made the state proud, Afuape said going to the Olympic was the main target of the state, adding that the state has enough athletes in any area of sporting activities to compete at any Local or International competition.
“Despite the present economic situation that has affects major factors in the country, I want to say that hardly will you see Ogun State in one competition or the other without coming out with a flying colours. I want to assure you that the state will be well represented in the 2020 Olympic in Tokyo because that is our target,” Commissioner said.