Written by Biodun Alabi
This is Dorcas Adesokan. Badminton star from Ogun state. She is one of Nigeria’s ambassadors at the Tokyo Olympics in Japan.
Dorcas may not return home with a medal from Tokyo, but her spirited showing at the games, like all our representatives in all events, deserves podium applause and recognition on return. This has not been a woeful Olympics, the stories tell it all, our athletes have been superb.
From basketball to wrestling, badminton, athletics, rowing, our flagbearers have shown the legendary Nigerian spirit. We may have got some things awfully wrong administratively going to Tokyo, but it should not be strange anymore, that’s always the Albatross for us. Someday we will begin to get it right. Sad.
But for the athletes like Dorcas, they have once again proved to be the Oasis in the desert for us in Tokyo, as usual.
Dorcas’ story is an exciting one, it’s the story of the magnificent power of sport, of its capacity to take people from grass to grace, to transform lives and to give life.
Here was a girl, so I learnt, who was hawking snacks around Alake sports centre in Abeokuta and fell in love with badminton, and became Nigeria and Africa champion….and now an Olympian!
She’s one of today’s greatest ambassadors of Ogun state in all spheres of life.
I believe Dorcas should be taken before governor Dapo Abiodun to be honoured and to be awarded a state medal for making it to the Olympics and rewarded handsomely. She’s good image for the state and deserves every honour for it.
I hope I could be invited there when she’s being honored by the governor, and allowed to speak, and tell the governor the metaphor in Dorcas’ feat.