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World Junior Championship: Uganda Sends Badminton Team To Canada

Uganda has sent a team of five players to the 2018 World Junior Championship.

The tourney is set to take place in the City of Markham in Canada from November 5 to 18 2018 at the Markham Pan Am Centre.

This is the second time Uganda will be taking part at this event, the first being in 2002 at an event held in Pretoria, South Africa.

Led by captain Brian Kasirye, the team was flagged off by State Minister of Sports Charles Bakkabulindi and National Council of Sports’ David Katende at Lugogo on Friday afternoon.

The team posing for a photo

“Go out and compete with your hearts out, be strong and believe in yourself,” Katende told the Contigent.

He commended Uganda Badminton Association for being a wrangle free body and also nurturing the young generation – an indicator of how strong the future will be.

He thanked the Association’s CEO Simon Mugabi for steering and working tirelessly towards the growth of Badminton in the country.

Must Know About Badminton World Junior Championship

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The BWF World Junior Championships was first hosted in Jakarta in 1992 as an individual championships.

It’s held annually and consists of two separate competitions: a mixed team championships for the Suhandinata Cup followed by an individual championships for the Eye Level Cups – all hosted over 12 days and attracting up to 50 teams and 400 players from around the world.

The Championships provides badminton fans with a first glimpse of the stars of the future. The World Junior Championship is the first opportunity for talented young badminton players to represent their country in a world event in the sport.

It is also an opportunity to experience top level competition and perhaps put them on the pathway towards becoming one of the stars of the future.

Last year (2017), it was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

This year it’s in Canada, and about 600 athletes from over 55 countries are expected to take part.

Uganda Traveling Contigent

Players
Exmo Emudu Expedito – 15 years
Arshath Mohamed – 16 years
Fadila Shamika – 13 years
Naluwooza Tracy – 13 years
Brian Kasirye – 17 years.

Officials
Simon Mugabi (Head of Delegation) and Ashad Mohamed Vaheed (dad to Ashaf Mohamed)

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