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Visa Issues Stop Badminton Star Bangi From Traveling For French Event

Simon Mugabi, the Chief Executive Officer Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) told URN that it was unfortunate Bangi\'s visa is not out yet adding that, he has been forced to withdraw the players\' name from the draw and pay a fine of $ 200.
Bangi in action in a past tournament.
 Africa\'s third best and Uganda\'s top female player Bridget Shamim Bangi has failed to travel for an International Badminton Championship in France because of visa complications. Bangi was meant to travel on Wednesday for the 2015 Orleans International Badminton Challenge, only for the Norwegian Embassy to delay the process.

 

The Championship, which is sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has attracted some of the top players from India, France, Holland, Indonesia and Italy among others. It is scheduled take place at the Palais des Sport, Rue Eugeve Vignat in Orleans from March 25-29.

 

Simon Mugabi, the Chief Executive Officer Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) told URN that it was unfortunate Bangi\'s visa is not out yet adding that, he has been forced to withdraw the players\' name from the draw and pay a fine of $ 200.

 

 

When contacted, Bangi said she was disappointed by the development because she was hoping to work hard and try to accumulate points at this event which would brighten her chances of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

 

Bangi who reached the pre-quarter final stage of the 2015 Uganda International Open Championship has never participated in Olympic Games. The men\'s top player who plies his trade in Holland, Edwin Ekiring is the only Ugandan player to ever feature at the Olympics.

 

Ekiring who is also Africa\'s best player is currently ranked 155 in the world. Bangi is currently ranked 110th in the World rankings and is hoping to penetrate the top 100 to brighten her chances of qualification for the Olympics. She is now hoping that she gets a visa to go for a two month training camp in Denmark

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