Event’s that Bangi will be participating in this Month
January 11-16: Estonian International
January 15-18: Swedish Masters
January 22-25: Iceland International
The year 2015 is the one every badminton player all over the world is looking at as one that will make their 2016 Rio De Jenairo dream either come to pass or not – Ugandan Shamim Bangi inclusive. The player is looking at playing as many tournaments as possible to gain points that will help her achieve the feat.
Bangi’s dream though, is not all about qualifying for the Olympics, she wants to become the first female player from Uganda to do so. Currently ranked 155th in the world, Bangi will be looking at improving that position by getting into the top 100 and staying there as she told Kawowo Sports.
If I can get into the top 100 of the world, that will be a good way to start the year. This year (2015) is like the last year for everyone to earn points that that will get us into the 2016 Olympics.
The 21-year old will compete at the Estonia and Iceland Internationals together with the Swedish Masters this month and the top 100 mark doesn’t look like a far cry.
It’s not only about the three competitions coming up, but I also have to play as many tournaments as possible to make the grades because those who play at the Olympics spend years playing qualification tournaments.
Bangi is also ranked third on the continent behind Nigerian Grace Gabriel and Kate Kune from Mauritius. The four-time Uganda Sports Association Female Badminton Player of the year last played in Europe at the Cyprus International in 2013 and made the last eight of the competition.