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Anuoluwapo Opeyori: Breaking the Olympic Jinx in Badminton for Nigeria

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Anuoluwapo Opeyori: Breaking the Olympic Jinx in Badminton for Nigeria
President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Francis Orbih, expresses confidence in Anuoluwapo Opeyori's ability to break the Olympic jinx in badminton for Nigeria. Opeyori, currently Africa's number one, is on a training tour in Vietnam, with plans to compete in various international tournaments to earn qualification points for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

In an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Francis Orbih, the President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, has provided hope for Nigeria's chances of breaking the Olympic jinx in badminton. According to Orbih, it has historically taken Nigeria a 12-year cycle to qualify for the Olympic Games in badminton since the participation of Kayode Akinsanya and Obigeli Olorunsola in the Atlanta 1996 Olympics. However, with the current development surrounding Anuoluwapo Opeyori, Nigeria's badminton hopes are reaching new heights.

Anuoluwapo Opeyori, the four-time African champion, is on the cusp of making history for Nigeria in badminton at the Olympic Games. Presently Africa's number one player, Opeyori is undergoing a training tour in Vietnam. The tour aims to provide him with the necessary exposure and competitive experience ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, where he is expected to represent Nigeria strongly.

Highlighting the significance of Opeyori's potential Olympic qualification, Orbih stated, "Nigeria stands a chance of making it to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games; Anuoluwapo Opeyori is currently Africa number one." He further revealed that Opeyori's training tour includes stops in Malaysia and Denmark, all intended to enhance his skills and performance.

The Badminton Federation of Nigeria is determined to support Opeyori on his journey towards Olympic qualification. Orbih emphasized the federation's commitment to ensuring that Opeyori attends and competes in numerous international tournaments, enabling him to accumulate enough qualification points. The federation's efforts aim to secure Opeyori's place in sporting history as he becomes Nigeria's first badminton player to qualify for consecutive Olympic Games.

Reflecting on Nigeria's previous participation in badminton at the Olympic Games, Orbih reminded us of the achievements of Kayode Akinsanya, Obigeli Olorunsola, Godwin Olofua, and Anuoluwapo Opeyori. In the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Akinsanya and Olorunsola finished 33rd in the Men's Singles and 17th in the Women's Singles respectively. Additionally, Olofua and Opeyori secured an impressive 9th place finish in the Men's Doubles event.

The journey to qualify for successive Olympic Games in badminton highlights the progress Nigeria is making in the sport. Opeyori's relentless dedication and talent, complemented by the support of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, are key factors in breaking the Olympic jinx.

As Nigeria's number one badminton player, Opeyori carries not only the hopes of the nation but also the aspirations of future Nigerian badminton players. His presence at the Paris 2024 Olympics will pave the way for more athletes to believe in the possibility of participating in consecutive Games, inspiring a new generation of badminton talent in Nigeria.

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