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‘Rivers Governor Badminton tourney will groom future stars’


Africa’s number one badminton player, Dorcas Adesokan has said that the Rivers Governor’s National Badminton Championship will help throw up talents that will be useful to the country in future.

Adesokan, who spoke after beating Iyanuoluwa Kayode 21-7, 21-9 in the first round of the competition, stated that the championship would help discover and expose talents to top badminton games.

She advised the upcoming players to train hard as that is the only way to become prolific in their chosen sport. She also said that it would also help them become renowned. “I must urge the upcoming players not to give up in their pursuit of excellence and laurels. They have to keep training and hopeful that they can become top players.”


She stated that her target was to win the tournament and remain a force to be reckoned with in the game of badminton.

“I am impressed with the organisation of this championship. It is the biggest tournament in terms of monetary incentives. For the first time at a national championship, we are also using six courts, which means that the state is ready to host the African Senior Championship,” he added.

She also said that winning the championship would make her feel great, while assuring that her preparation for the Olympic Games is on course. “I am preparing for the 2020 Olympics in the best way possible. I have won gold in the Zambian Open and the South African Open, while I have also dominated the national scene.

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