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Star Ekiring To Miss Uganda International Badminton Open

Simon Mugabi, the UBA Chief Executive Officer says the player entered the tournament well knowing that he would meet his flight cost but has now changed his mind.
Edwin Ekiring will miss the tournament in Kampala.
Edwin Ekiring, Africa’s former top player will not participate in the Uganda International Open that kicks off this Thursday in Kampala. Ekiring who plies his trade with a club in Holland communicated his inability to participate in the championship to Uganda Badminton Association-UBA saying he had failed to raise money for an air ticket to fly back to Uganda.

Simon Mugabi, the UBA Chief Executive Officer says the player entered the tournament well knowing that he would meet his flight cost but has now changed his mind.  He explains that Ekiring will have to pay a fine of US$150 for withdrawing from the tournament. Ekiring who represented Uganda at the last two Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games in India however told URN online that the Association should have catered for his air ticket since he is playing for the country.

With Ekiring out of the tournament now, Uganda’s hopes will remain on Wilson Tukire, Brian Suuna Ben Mihigo, Shamim Bangi and Margaret Nankabirwa. The defending champion Dinuka Karunartne from Sri Lanka has also arrived and ready to prove a point that his victory last year was not a fluke.

Karunartne said he thinks he has prepared well and ready to work hard and defend the title adding that, this will also help him gain points towards the World ranking. The tournament, which is scheduled to take place at the MTN Arena, Lugogo is expected to attract foreign players from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria Australia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Botswana and Zambia among others.

 

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