Edwin Ekiring Africa and Uganda’s number one seed will participate in the 2015 Yonex US Open Championship which takes place June 16-21 in New York.

Simon Mugabi, the Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) confirmed the development to eagle.co.ug

“We have entered Ekiring in a bid to secure early qualification for the 2016Olympic Games in Brazil” Mugabi stressed.

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Mugabi explained that after the Yonex US Open, Ekiring will partake in the Sri Lanka Open and Mauritius event which the Ugandan has won behalf.

“We think entering Ekiring for all these tournaments will brighten his Olympic Games qualification chances and prepare him to international standards ahead of the 2015 All Africa Games in and August.

According to the Badminton World Federation and the International Olympic Committee qualification guidelines, only the top ranked African players gain automatic qualification for the Olympics.

Meanwhile, Mugabi has also revealed that he has been forced to withdraw five players from the Yonex and Mauritius International Championship slated for June 11-14 after government said there was no money to support the team.

The UBA was hoping to use the tournament to prepare the team for the 2015 All Africa Games slated for Congo Brazzaville.

The players withdrawn from the event include Jacob Kasirye, Bridget Shamim Bangi, Daisy Nakalyango and Aisha Nakiyemb.

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