Team Nigeria competed in three sports (Gymnastics, Table Tennis, and Badminton) at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Day 2 of the quadrennial festival.

Funke Oshonaike was the first to go up as she lost 4-1 to USA’s Juan Liu in the women’s Table Tennis Singles preliminary round match. Also, Olajide Omotayo succumbed to the impressive performance of Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia in straight games, losing 4-0 in round 1 of the men’s singles.

There was light at the end of the tunnel in the tennis event as Nigeria’s highest-ranked women’s table tennis player Edem Offiong produced a convincing 4-1(11-8,11-9,11-9,9-11,11-4) win over Dora Madarasz of Hungary to progress into the second round of the women’s singles.

Nigeria’s only Gymnast’s at the Olympics, Uche Eke competed in the men’s All-Around, placing 58th overall after the three subdivisions were concluded today, amassing a points tally of 74.765.

In Badminton, the Nigerian duo of Godwin Olofua and Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori competed in the Group play stage of the Men’s Doubles, losing 2-0 (21-2, 21-7) to Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe.

Many thanks to Paga for being the official sponsor of Making of Champions coverage of the Tokyo Olympics.

Deji is one of the leading Athletics journalists in Nigeria as he possesses a deep passion for PR and branding athletes. He has extensively covered a wide range of sporting competitions, both within and outside Nigeria, with a particular focus on showcasing African Sports Stories. In addition to his journalistic prowess, he is well-versed in Sports Management and Marketing.


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