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Top badminton mens player Edwin Ekiring has announced that he will retire from the national team after the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
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Top badminton men's player Edwin Ekiring has announced that he will retire from the national team after the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The former African top player who has represented the country at two Olympic Games in Beijing and London told URN on Thursday night in an exclusive interview that after playing for Uganda for 20 years now, it is time to retire.

“It is time to retire from representing Uganda and give the younger players chance to also make it. I am now 34 years old and I will now concentrate on playing badminton for my club Weiler-la-Tour in Luxembourg and also do some coaching,” added Ekiring.

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He made it clear that playing in Australia in April will mark his fourth Commonwealth Games and he thinks this will crown it all for him. “ It has been a privilege representing my country at the big stage, but there is time for everything and I will leave the younger players to take over,” added Ekiring who played for Sharing Youth Club before he relocated to play professional badminton over 10 years ago.

Speaking about development of the sport in Uganda, Ekiring made it clear that the government needs to invest more so that the local players can get more International exposure by playing in top tournaments around the world and also join training camps in Europe. “ Uganda has the players and potential to be among the best badminton playing nations in Africa, but a lot of investment in-terms of capacity building on coaches and developing facilities must be done,” he added.

William Kabindi, one of the top coaches in Uganda said that it is bad news to hear that Ekiring will stop playing for Uganda. “ Edwin still has a lot to offer and also for the younger players to learn from him because of his experience. But again it is his decision because he feels enough is enough," added Kabindi.

Ekiring who was Africa's top player in 2015 is now ranked 427 according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Ekiring together with youngster Brian Kasirye, Bridget Shamim Bangi and Aisha Nakiyemba will be part of Uganda's badminton team in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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