KAMPALA (Xinhua) --
Indian players Harshit Aggarwal and Chaliha
Orijit will be fined for the late withdraw from the 2018 Uganda
International Badminton Open Championship.
“The two players
will be fined 150 U.S. dollars for late withdraw as per the
rules set by the Badminton World Federation,” Simon Mugabi, the
Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Badminton Association (UBA)
told Xinhua on Wednesday evening.
The Championship, a
world Series sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF)
will take place at the Lugogo Arena in Kampala February 22-25.
that the two Indian players would have been fine 650 U.S.
dollars each if they had not communicated in advance.
“We expect a very
explosive tournament because over 15 foreign players will take
part,” said Mugabi who also added that Germany’s Jonathan
Persson is yet to arrive.
players including top seed for the tournament Georges Juliean
Paul have arrived in Uganda ahead of the qualifiers for the main
draw which start on Thursday. Juliean Paul is fresh from winning
the All Africa Senior Championship in Algeria last weekend.
Alshannik from Jordan who is ranked second in the men’s singles
said he is happy to be in Uganda for the tournament. “I have
prepared well and expect a very competitive event,” said
Former African top
player Edwin Ekiring who has represented Uganda at three Olympic
Games also told Xinhua that he has also recovered well from the
shin injury he had for most of last year.
“I have prepared
well with my team in Holland,” added Ekiring who was unlucky to
get injured in the final of the same tournament last year and
did not continue.
The event will
attract players from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Algeria, Jordan,
Kyrgyzstan, India, the Netherlands, Syria, Germany, France,
Turkey, Zambia and the Republic of Maldives among others.