Nigeria and Africa’s number one female badminton player, Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan maintained her dominance of the domestic scene when she won the singles title at the Mutual Benefits National Championship held at the Mutual Benefit/Police College Badminton Complex in the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos.
Adesokan, who has held the title from inception, beat Ruth Chinenye Ibere of Katsina State in the final, but could not repeat her conquest in the women’s doubles, which saw Kwara State’s duo of Zainab Damilola Alabi and Sofiyat Arinola Obanishola beat the number one player and her Ogun State counterpart, Asisat Ogunkanbi to take home the gold medal.
The mixed doubles event further confirmed the ratings of Nigeria’s current number one ranked pair as well as Eneojo Joseph Abah and his wife, Peace, who pipped FCT’s pair of Yunusa Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu 2-0 to add to their collection of Mixed Doubles gold medals.
The men’s singles event saw a reversal in outcomes from last year’s second edition, as Nigeria and Africa’s number one ranked male singles player, Anuoluwapo Opeyori defeated his Lagos rival, Godwin Olufua, who’s ranked number two in Nigeria and three in Africa.
The men’s doubles finals saw Opeyori and Olofua defeat Eneojo Joseph Abah (Rivers) and Isaac Murphy Minaphee (Taraba) 2-1 to retain their gold from last year.
Adesokan’s latest feat comes few days after she declared that she is holding a burning ambition to represent Nigeria at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan; as she wants to take her high rate surge to another chapter in her fast-evolving career.
She has dominated the game of Badminton, winning medals in continental and global contests, but the current women’s number one in Nigeria and Africa has her eyes on an Olympics medal, which she believes will become her achievement at Tokyo 2020.
The Ogun State-born badminton ace, who started playing the game in primary school and started competing since 2009, concluded by acknowledging that winning a medal at the Olympics would crown her days of hard work, as she admits there were initial challenges when she progressed to the senior category after her dominance in the juniors, but she fought hard to prove herself.