Badminton: Nigeria falls to Russian power, bows out of Olympics

Badminton: Nigeria falls to superior Russian power, bows out of Olympics

Nigerian pair, Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Godwin Olofua, on Tuesday, bowed out of the men’s double event of the badminton competition at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Opeyori and Olofua lost 0-2 (8-21 10-21) to the pair of Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov of the Russia Olympic Committee (ROC) within 26 minutes of play.

The result meant Team Nigeria finished bottom of their group and failed to advance to the competition’s quarter-finals.

The duo had suffered their second defeat in the badminton men’s doubles event as they were outclassed by Denmark’s duo of Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen 2-0 (7-21, 10-21) in their second game of the competition played at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Tokyo while losing their opening match to the Japanese pair of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 2-0 (2-21, 7-21) on Saturday.

In the same vein, Dorcas Adesokan has crashed out of the Games after losing her second 2-0 (3-21, 6-21) to South Korean An Seyoung yesterday in the women’s singles event of the badminton events at the ongoing 2020 Olympic Games.

She had lost her opening game 0-2 (10-21, 2-21) to Spain’s Clara Azurmendi in her opening game inside the Musashino Forest Plaza court in Tokyo.

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