Top female player, Bridget Shamim Bangi has entered the 2015 Orleans International Badminton Challenge which will take place March 25-29 in France.
The Ndejje University student who is also ranked third in Africa told URN in an interview that although she is facing financial challenges she is training hard for the event. The Championship sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) will take place at the Palais des Sport, Rue Eugeve Vignat in Orleans.
Bangi who reached the pre-quarter final stage of the 2015 Uganda International Open Championship last month said she is determined to perform well in France so that she can brighten her chances of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics because this has always been her dream.
Although she is yet to pay up for her return Air ticket, Bangi is optimistic she will make the trip. Bangi who also participated in the Eastonian and Swedish International events early this year will later travel to Denmark for two months of training.
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Bangi is currently ranked 110th in the World rankings and is hoping to penetrate the top 100 to brighten her chances of qualification for the Olympics.
Simon Mugabi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) told URN that it is unfortunate they do not have money and sometimes players have to look for their own money to be able to participate in some of the International tournaments.
The men\'s top player who plies his trade in Holland, Edwin Ekiring is the only Ugandan player to ever feature at the Olympics. Ekiring who is also Africa\'s best player is currently ranked 155 in the world.