Ninety nine badminton players from twenty two countries will be battling for points to enable them qualify for this year’s summer Olympics in London in July when they take part in the Uganda International that swings into action next month.

“This year we have received an overwhelming entry for the seventh edition of this international tournament,” Simon Mugabi, the tournament director said today. “The participants are all using this event as a qualifier for the Olympics due in July at the same time they are vying for ranking points to elevate them.”

Portugal’s Thelma Santos, will be defending her women’s title together Jan Frohlich,from Czech Republic in the men’s singles.

Africa’s top badminton player and All Africa games silver medalist Edwin Ekiring, will lead Uganda’s charge at this international event. Uganda has a total of 38 players taking part. This year the tournament has attracted players from Peru, Turkey, Iran, Portugal, Morocco, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Israel, USA, Nigeria, South Africa, Italy, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Egypt, Jamaica, Czech Republic, Greece and Brazil.

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