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Ekiring On The Brink Of Missing Olympics

Top Uganda badminton player Edwin Ekiring is on the brink of missing out on the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Ekiring during one of the international events.
Top Uganda badminton player Edwin Ekiring is on the brink of missing out on the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

After failing to beat Milan Ludik in the first round of the Tahiti International Open Championship last week to be able to get ranking points, Ekiring is now likely to miss out on the Summer Games.

Last week Ekiring lost his top ranking in the African continent when All Africa Games gold medalist Jacob Maliekal moved top with 21152 points. Ekiring who plays professional badminton in Holland is now 85th in the world rankings with 20330 points, while Maliekal is 79th.

According to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Maliekal now has 822 points more than Ekiring and the South African will improve further when the rankings are released later this week after he reached the quarter final stage of the 2016 Tahiti International Open Championship.

“It is very disappointing because the government refused to fund Ekiring's participation in the Swiss Open and Peru Open where he would have picked points and retained his number one spot in Africa,” a disappointed chief Executive Officer  of the Uganda Badminton Association (UBA), Simon Mugabi told URN on Monday.

He said they will now keep their fingers crossed ahead of the rankings later this week to see if Ekiring can make the final list of players who will qualify for the Olympic Games.

The top ranked player from every continent automatically qualifies for the Olympic Games. Ekiring has participated in the last two Olympic Games in England and China.

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