One of Africa’s most rated badminton player, Dorcas Adesokan, has said that she has learnt a new lesson from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, adding that her failure to secure a medal for the country does not limit her potential as an athlete.
Adesokan represented Nigeria for the first time at the Women’s Singles in Badminton at the Olympics.
The Tokyo edition was the first time that Nigeria qualified for the Badminton event in 12 years.
Francis Obih, the President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria had expressed hopes that the player will dominate the game.
The 23-year-old contested for gold in the Group C where she lost to Spain’s Clara Azurmendi 10–21 and 2–21.
Her second group game was against South Korea’s An Se-young, but the highly rated African player also lost 21–3 and 21–6 leading to her elimination from the competition.
The Olympian who won the 2019 African Games, mixed team gold for the country said in an interview with THE WHISTLER that although she did not perform as expected, the experience was worth the efforts she put in to qualify for the competition.
Adesokan said, “The experience was nice and amazing. Being my first time, I was nervous and anxious at the same time.
“This was something I have not experienced before. I really wanted to know how it feels and at the same time I was nervous.
“I have really developed the strength and the energy that is making me want to participate in more Olympic games.
“Meeting a lot of top players and playing with them was a privilege and it gives me power that makes me think and develop the mindset that I can do more.
“I am not giving up and there is no limit to what I can do and there is no limit to what I can achieve. So, It was a very amazing experience. I really learnt my lesson from top players.
“At the tournament, things are very different. I got a lot of experience at the tournament. So, the tournament was a very good place to experience what sports really looks like.”
Adesokan is currently ranked 85 in the world with 19,858 points and second in Africa behind Egypt’s Hadia Hosny who has 20,331 points.