The 15th edition of the International Badminton tournament will be hosted in Kampala, Uganda from the 20th – 23rd of February 2020.
The tournament is scheduled to start on Thursday with an opening ceremony which is to be graced by state Minister for Sports Hamson Obua at the indoor stadium, Lugogo.
The development was confirmed in a press briefing by the Uganda Badminton Association CEO Simon Mugabi on Thursday morning at the National Council of Sports.
”We are very pleased to confirm to you that we shall host the Uganda International Badminton tournament. 35 countries have confirmed their participation in the event. The competition will help to increase rankings for Ugandan athletes,” he said.
The event will also act as qualifiers for 2020 Tokyo Olympic games and over 200 qualifying points are available for the winners.
Hosts Uganda, Egypt, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Mauritius and Algeria are the African Nations that will take part in the competition.
Uganda will provide 99 participants in the championship who will compete in different categories (57 Men Singles, 42 Women Singles, Men Doubles 21, Women Doubles 15 and 16 Mixed Doubles).
While 65 representatives will come from the other participating Nations of Europe, Asia, North America and other continents.
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 international event will be fully sponsored by the government of Uganda as confirmed by the National Council of Sports General Secretary DR. Bernard Patrick Ogwel.
”The government of Uganda is committed to fully fund and provide the necessary resources required. This tournament adds economic value to the country and the athletes. I believe that it is a very good competition,” he said.
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.
Rahul Bharadwaj (India) and Htar Thuzar (Myanmar) are the defending champions for men and women singles respectively.