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Ugandas top badminton player, Edwin Ekiring has threatened to abandon playing for his nation if the authorities concerned continue to frustrate his efforts.
Ekiring during the 2015 World Championship in Indonesia.
Uganda's top badminton player, Edwin Ekiring has threatened to abandon playing for his nation if the authorities concerned continue to frustrate his efforts.

Speaking to URN on a call from Switzerland a disappointed Ekiring said he has continued to be a 'beggar' to be supported to represent Uganda. “I cannot believe that even after winning a silver medal at the All Africa Games I have never been placed on the list of athletes who receive monthly stipends from the State House for the medals won at International events,” said Ekiring.

Top athlete like Stephen Kiprotich who won gold in marathon at the 2012 London Olympics is among the 31 athletes receiving the monthly stipend from the State House.

The Ministry of Education and Sports set UGX5million to be paid to gold medal winners, while silver medalists receive UGX3 million and bronze medal winners UGX2 million.

The Holland based Ekiring said he has continued to use personal money to take part in several tournaments on behalf of Uganda. “Last year I missed the Olympics in Brazil because the government failed to support me for a few tournaments that would have given me chance to retain my number one spot in Africa to gain automatic qualification,” explained Ekiring who added that is contemplating playing for another country or simply retire and concentrate on playing club badminton in Holland.

But when contacted Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) Chief Executive Officer, Simon Mugabi explained that they have always tried to support Ekiring. “I am now looking for money to buy him a ticket to come later in February for the world sanctioned Uganda International Open Championship,” added Mugabi.

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