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Tight Battle For Ekiring In Tahiti International Open

Africa and Ugandas top player Edwin Ekiring faces a tough test when he takes part in the 2016 Tahiti International Open which starts today in Punaauia.
Edwin Ekiring in action during a previous event.
Africa and Uganda's top player Edwin Ekiring faces a tough test when he takes part in the 2016 Tahiti International Open which starts today in Punaauia.

This is Ekiring last chance to perform well to secure world ranking points that will enable him qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Simon Mugabi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) told URN on Thursday morning that Ekiring needs to put up a good show in Tahiti if he is to qualify for the Olympics. “We need to pray for him to perform well because this is his last tournament before the final list of players is decided on May 1st,” added Mugabi.

The Association official said after failing to send Ekiring for the Peru International Open, they managed to secure an air ticket from the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) in a bid to help Ekiring make it to the Games in Brazil.

Ekiring will have to be at his best to perform better than his closet rival Jacob Maliekal who also entered the Tahiti event. Ekiring leads the All Africa Games gold medalist by eight points in the world ranking.

Uganda has only qualified seven athletes and two boxers for the Summer Olympic Games that run August 7-21 in Rio de Jeneiro. The 2016 Summer Olympic program features a total of 41 disciplines.

Uganda's athletes who have qualified for the Olympic Games include; Ronald Serugo,  Kenneth Katende for boxing, while Olympic marathon gold medal holder Stephen Kiprotich is part of the athletics team together with Solomon Mutai who won bronze at the 2015 World Championship in China is also part of the team.

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