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Six Egyptian Players Arrive Ahead of International Badminton Open

Hadia told URN that they are in Uganda to perform well so that they can improve their positions in the World ranking.
Egypt\'s top female badminton player Hosny Hadia arrived in Uganda on February 17th.
Six top Egyptians players have arrived in Kampala ahead of the 2014 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship slated for February 20-23. The players jetted into the country on Monday morning aboard an Egypt air flight from Cairo accompanied by three officials. The players are Hosny Hadia, Abdelkarim Abdelrahman, Elgamel Adham Hatem, Hany Doha, Mohamed Naja and Kashkal Addelrahman.

Hadia told URN that they are in Uganda to perform well so that they can improve their positions in the World ranking. Simon Mugabi, the Chief Executive Officer Uganda Badminton Association-UBA says the Egyptians decided to arrive early so that they can train in Kampala and adapt to the weather conditions. The tournament’s top seed from Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Karunaratne who also won the event last year was also expected later this afternoon aboard an Emirates Airlines flight.

 

Mugabi explained that the qualifiers to enter the main draw will start on Thursday before first round matches on Friday at the MTN Arena, Lugogo. The tournament, which is expected to bring together over 30 foreign players, will see them compete in the mixed doubles and men’s, women’s singles and doubles. Edwin Ekiring, former Africa’s top seed who plies his trade in Holland, Wilson Tukire and Shamim Bangi are Uganda’s strongest players to enter the event. South Africa’s Jacob Maliekal and Nigeria’s Jinkam Ifraimu Bulus will be the other players to watch in the men’s singles.

Other foreign players will come from Australia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Botswana and Zambia among others.

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