Africa’s number one badminton player Edwin Ekiring has confessed not getting any support from the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) for his preparations for the 2012 London Olympics that start next month. Ekiring is currently playing for Dazzle Force in the Tamil Nadu Badminton League in India till June 12.
He is to be paid around 1200 Euros for his time in India and it’s from there that he will connect to Ireland for another training camp until the Games.
“I will be footing my bill to Ireland for training, no one has been helping me in Uganda,” Ekiring told Kawowo.com.
He insisted that would waste his time to think about what he has not been able to get. “Just want to work hard for myself and do the best in the Olympics,” Ekiring added. Chef de Mission for the Ugandan contingent to the Games, Denis Galabuzi blamed it on the local badminton body for not being cooperative.
“We asked all federations to give us details of their athletes but the badminton people have not been forthcoming like other federations,” said Galabuzi. “There is no one we can discriminate because it gives the UOC joy to see that our athletes get adequate preparations.” Ekiring is in Europe under the Olympic Solidarity Program but UOC officials and those the Uganda Badminton Federation were tight lipped on how much the IOC avails for that program.