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Stars Maliekal, Ekiring arrive Tuesday for Kampala International event

South Africas Jacob Maliekal will arrive in the country tomorrow ahead of the 2015 Kampala International Open Championship.
Edwin Ekiring in action during a tournament in Europe.
Fresh from winning a gold medal at the 2015 All Africa Games, South Africa\'s Jacob Maliekal will arrive in the country on Tuesday ahead of the 2015 Kampala International Open Championship. 

The first Edition of the Kampala International Badminton Open Championship will take place September 17-20 at the MTN Arena, Lugogo.

Simon Mugabi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) also confirmed to URN that Uganda\'s top player Edwin Ekiring will jet in the same days with Maliekal.

“It is generally going to be a competition for the top two African players. Local players will also have the chance to prove a point as they struggle to gain world ranking points. Ekiring who won a bronze medal at the All Africa Games will have a point to prove in-front of his fans and also to revenge against the South African who stopped him in the team events of the All Africa Games.

Mugabi explained that the event has been sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) as a Futures event to have 1700 points.

The women\'s category will be more of a local affair as Bridget Shamim Bangi will be eager to win and improve her ranking on the BWF rankings. Bangi who is ranked third in Africa won all her singles games in the team events of the All Africa Games before falling in the first round of the individual category.

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