Nigeria and Africa’s top players – Dorcas Adesokan, Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Godwin Olofua – will begin their quest for Olympic qualification tomorrow in the 2019 Egypt International tournament.
The players will join the action in the round of 32 while the competition ends on Sunday, October 20.
Adesokan (Africa’s number one female player), Opeyori (Africa’s number one male players) and Nigeria’s second best men player, Olofua, will all play in the Singles event, while Opeyori and Olofua will also compete in the Men’s Doubles.
The Nigerian stars will move to Algiers to take part in the 2019 Algeria International Championship holding from October 24 to 27 after leaving Cairo.
The quest continues with the Cameroon International from November 14 to 17, the Scottish Open from November 20 to 24, the Zambian International from November 28 to December 1 and a host of other meets in South Africa, Italy, Sweden among others.
The Badminton Federation of Nigeria BFN said the drive is to ensure that the players garner as many ranking points as possible to stay in contention in the race for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
One of the players, Opeyori said that playing in many tournaments will help them to garner enough points to hopefully make it to Tokyo.
“I am hopeful that the three of us will make it to Tokyo. We are prepared for the task ahead and we have trained hard. All we need do is give our best at these tournaments”.