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April 14, 2024
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Squash: Olatunji targets $9,000 grand prize in Canada tourney

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By Kazeem Akande

Busayo Olatunji, a top ranked Nigerian Squash player, says her target is to win the 9,000 dollar grand prize at the upcoming international Squash tournament in Canada.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian player will be participating in ‘The Bee-Clean Edmonton Squash Club Women’s Open 2024 in Canada slated for March 20.

Olatunji, who stated this in an interview with NAN on Friday in Lagos, said that she was working and training hard to win the grand prize at the tournament.

“My target at the Bee-Clean Edmonton Squash Club Women’s Open 2024 in Canada is to make Nigerians proud and win the grand prize at the international tournament.

“Though playing internationally is not an easy task, playing with global professionals will give me more confidence in the game.

“I am representing my country due to my top ranked position in the game, and I am assuring Nigerians that I will come out in flying colours and make the country proud.

”I will try to give my best. Though it won’t be an easy game at all because it will involve global professionals, I believe I will make a positive impact and end strong,’’ she said.

Olatunji said that she needed to win the tournament to boost her world ranking which was at 157 currently.

“I have been training hard and focusing on possible chances of winning the female international squash tournament.

Olatunji is the current female Champion of the just concluded Professional Yellow Dots Squash Open 2024 in Lagos.

“I am not relenting on that success alone but putting more efforts to improve my performance in my next tourney,’’ she said.

Olatunji said that victory at the last tourney in Lagos made her gain more Professional Squash Association (PSA) points in her world ranking.

NAN reports that Olatunji, 24, who is ranked 157 in the world, will play Michaela Cepova, 23, of Czech Republic who is ranked 225 in the world, at the Women’s Open 2024 in Canada. (NAN)

Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Joseph Edeh

 

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