Africa’s top badminton player Edwin Ekiring, has qualified for the Total BWF World Championships due in Jakarta, Indonesia from August 10-16 in Far East, Asia.

“It feels great to be the only African player going to the World Championships,” Ekiring said in a facebook message. “I had to go through a round of qualifiers to reach the championship.”

Ekiring last year won ranking tournaments in Nigeria, Zambia and reached the finals in South Africa that enabled him get the necessary points to qualify for the world championships.

The 32 year old Holland based badminton player is Africa’s number one player ranked 159 in the world and has accumulated 11,790 points.

“This will be a good build-up for me for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” Ekiring added. “I will still have to go for another round of qualifiers to make it to the Olympics, but it keeps me busy and also makes me gain more ranking points.”

The Ugandan badminton ace who is also the USPA male badminton player of the year joins a total of 63 participants who have made it in the first phase of the qualifiers.

It is estimated that 400 of the world’s top players representing five continents will be competing to become the world champion.

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