Tokyo 2020: Funke Oshonaike Qualifies for 7th Olympics, Sets Record

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Funke Oshonaike on Friday made history by becoming the first African woman to qualify for seven Olympic Games, as she qualified for Tokyo 2020 games in Japan. 

The 44-year old Nigerian Table Tennis legend defeated Cameroon’s Sarah Hannfou 4-1 (12-10, 11-4, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6) in the deciding match to make it to the table tennis event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Oshonaike’s first appearance for Nigeria was at Atlanta ’96 as a 21-year old young star, and has since featured for the country at the games in every subsequent edition. 

“I enjoyed every day I spent at the Games Village, it was an experience I will always cherish because it shows how the world should look like, everybody is the same. We share things and we unite in the Village. I look at that experience at what the world should look like. I am hoping that the power of sport will help to heal the wounds of the world.

”For me, I will be quitting but I want to use this my last experience to inspire and motivate young girls that you can achieve whatever you desire in life. You are the only one that can limit yourself in life,” she said.

Also, compatriot, Offiong Edem, qualified for the Tokyo Olympics which is scheduled to hold between July and August.