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I suspended my studies for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Odunayo Adekuoroye

Nigeria’s freestyle wrestler and world number 1, Odunayo Adekuoroye has revealed that she suspended her education by a year to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

Adekuoroye, 26, who is one of Nigeria’s gold miners in athletic events revealed she deferred her education in other to fully concentrate on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics games, which was postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to The Making of Champions, Adekuoroye said, “Initially, I thought I could finish with the Olympics this year and then face my education but now I have to wait for one more year”

Adekuoroye is a two-time Commonwealth champion, she also won a silver medal in the 2017 World Championships, as well as two bronze medals in the 2015 and 2019 world championships.

She recently won the gold medal in the women’s freestyle 57kg event at the 2020 African Wrestling Championships, which is her 6th African title which moved her to number one in the 57kg category.

Odunayo Adekuoroye says she suspended her studies to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Odunayo Adekuoroye says she suspended her studies to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Photo credit: Making of Champions)

The 26-year old is yet to win an olympic medal but was close in the 2016 Olympics, where she was defeated by Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson in the quarter-final.

While acknowledging the difficulty in winning a medal in an Olympic event, she said was ready to go all out in Tokyo.

“It’s not that easy but now I have to sacrifice one more year to make my dreams come true.”

The world number one was brimming with confidence and eager to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but the postponement of the games has put her plans on hold.

“At first, I felt sad when I heard about the postponement of the Olympics, but you know, it is when you have good health that you can compete well. I decided to take it in good faith and I believe that eventually everything will go back to normal”.

Adekuoroye has however not lost concentration, she still trains to keep her body fit, even in the lockdown.

“I still try to do workouts at home, I had to purchase a treadmill and other equipment so that I can train at home. Most times I engage in video calls with my coach just for supervision”.

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