All is set for the 15th edition of the Uganda International Badminton Tournament.
The CEO Uganda Badminton Association Simon Mugabi confirmed the entrance of 35 nations, plus host Uganda, to take part in this year’s tournament which will be on course from 20- 23 February at the Indoor Arena in Lugogo.
This year’s event will also act as qualifiers for 2020 Tokyo Olympic games and over 200 qualifying points are available for the winners.
Host Uganda, Egypt, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Mauritius and Algeria are the African Nations to take part in the competition.
Europe will be represented by German, Spain, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Poland, Czech Republic, England, Wales, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Hungary and Slovakia.
America (North and South) will be represented by five nations; Brazil, Peru, USA, Mexico and Jamaica.
Asia will be represented by India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Maldives, Sri lanka, Pakistan and Australia.
The tournament is scheduled to start on Thursday with a grand opening ceremony on Friday which is to be graced by state minister for sports Hamson Obua at Lugogo indoor stadium.
Speaking during the press conference, National council of Sports Doctor Bernard Ogwel told the press that Government of Uganda has funded event fully.
“This event has been growing continuously with countries which are taking part in it increasing by numbers,” Ogwel said.
“As Government, we have prioritise sports funding. This year, we are highly considering national federations to represent us and market us at the Olympics games in Tokyo and Badminton is one of those federation.
“We will look forward to see that we put everything in place for them.”
Participating countries are expected to start arriving on Monday and start preparing for the event which is to contain Singles and Doubles for both Men and women and then Mixed doubles.
Uganda is represented by 99 Athletes (57 Men Singles, 42 Women Singles, Men Doubles 21, Women Doubles 15 and 16 Mixed Doubles).
Rahul Bharadwaj (India) and Htar Thuzar (Myanmar) are the defending champions for men and women singles respectively.