By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Africa’s best female badminton player, Dorcas Adesokan, an indigene of Ogun State from Ewekoro Local Government Area and the only player in badminton who got to the medals table at the Nigeria International, the highest tournaments in African by winning bronze medal, says she is stepping up her training, in readiness to make the State and country proud at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Speaking with journalists in Abeokuta, Adesokan disclosed that she needed to participate in at least 12 to 15 games at both local and international competitions, to gather more points in order to qualify for the 2020 Olympic, saying she was ready to do her best to realise this dream.
She appreciated the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for his financial support and automatic employment, calling on corporate organisations and philanthropists come to her aid.
Also speaking at the interview, the Second Vice Chairman, Ogun State Badminton Associations, Mrs. Ikepo Adebayo, said the State Badminton players needed more international exposure as this would help them to be on top of their games, disclosing that the only thing they lack was the badminton equipment, particularly the mat on which they play.
She said the mat which helps in their movements was presently the only acceptable equipment that meets the badminton world standard, appealing to the State government and philanthropists to facilitate the acquisition of the kits.
Before now Adesokan Docas, the only player in badminton who got to the medals table at the Nigeria International, the highest tournaments in African by winning bronze medal, started her badminton career at the age of 9 in Owu Methodist School, Ijeja and her first tournament was in Abuja 2009, moved to Muricious for Africa Championship at the age of 11.
She won many laurels for Ogun State among which are All African Youth Junior Game, Championship in Bostsuana in 2013 with two gold medals in both single and Team event, won 3 gold medals in 2014, in both singles,doubles and team event in All African Youth Game senior category, which earned her a ticket to participate in Tokyo 2020 Olympic.
Adesokan also won silver in 2018 during the Thomas Ubber Tournament and another silver in All Africa Game same year, went to Denmark for training in 2018, and participated in the Ivory Coast International in which she won 2 gold medals in single and mix double, another 3 gold medals in Zambia and South Africa International same year.