Omotayo ready to impress in Tokyo

By Olalekan Okusan

Olajide Omotayo will be making his debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games; he is eager to establish himself as one of Africa’s best representatives among the array of stars in Japan.

The Lagos State-born athlete believes knowing his first-round opponent would help him to know his fate in Tokyo.

He, however, said he is excited about being part of Team Nigeria to Tokyo. “I feel happy and at the same very proud of myself for qualifying for my first Olympic Games because I have always wanted to achieve this dream as only God made it possible.

He said: “My winning the African Games gold in 2019 has really boosted my confidence going into the Olympic Games. The win made me realise that the impossible is nothing as nobody saw the performance coming but I knew within me that I am capable of defeating any player in Africa.

“All I needed was to play freely without thinking about the podium. I did that, it really worked for me in the end.

“My target is to go to Tokyo and play at my best because I know if I play at my best, good results will follow. The advantage of the postponement is that it has afforded me more time to train and work hard for the games.”

Meanwhile, captain of Team Nigeria  Quadri Aruna is eagerly awaiting a favourable draw in his first match in Japan.

Seeded  15th  in the men’s singles,  Aruna  believes starting from the third round would be a disservice to him: “At Rio 2016, I started my campaigns from the first round but this time around , being one of the top 15, I will start from the third round.

“This will surely give players that started from the first round an edge because they must have warmed up with matches before playing against some of us.

“I am really looking forward to the draws on Friday with the hope that I will get a good draw,” he noted.

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