The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has rewarded Africa’s Best Badminton Player, Miss. Dorcas Adesokan, an indigene of the State, with the sum of N5Million, to boost her career and encourage her to continue to make the State and the Country proud.
Presenting the cheque on behalf of the State Governor at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Conference Room, M.K.O Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Afolabi Afuape, lauded the athlete for her achievements, adding that to survive, such athletes needed constant flow of income, hence the reason for the automatic employment given to her recently.
He said the gesture was also to prepare Adesokan for the 2020 Olympic Games and other international competitions, adding that the State would continue to discover, monitor and nurture more talents to international stage.
“Presently Adesokan is the best badminton player in Africa, and I want to encourage other athletes to emulate and follow her footstep even as the present administration, led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun, will continue to support outstanding athletes who have gone all out to make the State proud.
“Beyond that, we at the Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the State Sports Council, will continue to discover more talents, monitor and nurture them to stardom”, Amosun said.
Appreciating the State Governor for the gesture, Miss. Adesokan, acknowledged that government has always been supportive in monitoring and nurturing her to the present level, adding that the gesture would assist her in preparing for the 2020 Olympic games.
“ I will like to appreciate the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the State Commissioner for Sports, the Director, Sports Council and in particular my coach for discovering me on time, also for their effort in tracking and monitoring my progress. This money will be a great booster to my career and towards the preparation for the upcoming 2020 Olympic,” Adesokan said.
Also speaking, the State Badminton Head Coach, who also doubles has Adesokan’s coach, Mr. Adewale Olasunkanmi, described the athlete has a consistence, coolheaded, hardworking and focus player and appreciated the State Governor for the monetary reward, urging other athletes representing the State in one sporting activity or the other to be up and doing and focused.
Dorcas Adesokan had represented Nigeria at the Kenya International Series in 2013, where she won a gold and a bronze medals, All African Senior Championship tagged ‘’South African 2017’’, where she won three bronze medals and also featured at the 1st Mutual Assurance National Badminton Championship (Lagos 2017) where she won two gold medals.