Badminton: Nigeria Defends Crown In Cote D’Ivoire

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Badminton: Nigeria Defends Crown In Cote D’Ivoire
…Picks 3 Golds, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Joel Ajayi Abuja
It was pomp and pageantry as curtains fall at the 2018 edition of the Côte d’Ivoire international Badminton championship. Team Nigeria which entered for only 4 of the 5 events in the competition emerged overall winners with 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze to retain the title it won last year.
In the Mixed Doubles event, the pair of Clement Krobakpo and Dorcas Adesokan beat Chongo Mulenga and Evelyn Siamupangila from Zambia in two straight sets 21:9, 21:15 to clinch the Gold medal.
It was the same story in the Men’s Doubles event as the pair of Godwin Olofua and Anu Opeyori dominated the international pair of Perderson Mathias (Denmark) and Persson Jonathan (Germany) in two straight sets of 21:14, 21:19 in a keenly contested final. The crowds were kept on their feet cheering fantastic displays of talents and skills.
The Women’s Singles finals were an all Nigerian affair with Dorcas Adesokan beating Ruth Ebere 21:10, 21:12 in a more relaxed game. The only event that Nigeria failed to reach the finals was in the Men’s Singles where Anu Opeyori lost narrowly to Adams Mendrak of the Czech Republic.
In total, 12 countries participated in the 2018 edition of the Côte d’Ivoire International which is one of the international series in the Badminton World Federation calendar hosted in Africa.
The participating countries were Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Belgium, Sweden, Maldives, Denmark, Jordan, Mexico, Czech Republic, Germany and Côte d’Ivoire the host country.
Nigeria’s participation in the competition would immensely boost the international ranking of the players especially Clement and Dorcas who are both vying for a slot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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