Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun on Tuesday rewarded the best African Badminton player Dorcas Adesokan with a cash prize of N5m for her fantastic and stand out performance in the game.
Presenting the cheque to the player in Abeokuta, the governor, represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Afolabi Afuape, said the money was meant to improve Adesokan’s carrer and to further encourage and push her to be better.
He said such achievement cannont be left “un-recognised”, saying that athletes such as Adesokan needed constant flow of income to survive.
Amosun also said it was for the same reason that she was given an automatic employment in December 2017.
The governor also said the money would assist in preparing Adesokan for the upcoming 2020 Olympics and other international competitions.
“At present, Adesokan is the best badminton player in Africa and I want to encourage other athletes to emulate her.”
Adesokan thanked the governor for his gesture and commended the ministry for its support in nurturing her to her current level.
She promised that the money would be used judiciously, saying that it was a great booster toward her preparations for the Olympics.
“This money will be a great booster to my career and toward the preparation for the upcoming 2020 Olympic
“I will like to appreciate the Governor, the Commissioner, the Director of the Sports Council and in particular, my coach for being able to discover me on time,’’ Adesokan said.
The athlete also lauded them their effort in tracking and monitoring her progress.
Also speaking, the Head Coach of Badminton, who doubles as Adesokan’s coach, Mr Adewale Olasunkanmi commended her for her consistency, hard work and focus.