Bernard Ogwel, NCS General Secretary (photo credit: Kigozi Abdul)
With exactly seven days to the most prestigious tournament in a year, the Uganda International, it’s 15th edition is officially launched at Lugogo on Thursday.
National Council of Sports, General Secretary, Patrick Bernard Ogwel launched the tournament that is to attract a number of 35 countries with 164 participants.
Ogwel cited that the government has given full financial support to the tournament since it will also act as Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifier and badminton is among the 11 disciplines to represent Uganda.
“Last year we had 20 countries, now we have 35 countries in the tournament, this is a good step for our nation.” Bernard Ogwel said at the launch
This is a very important championship for the country, the government has fully funded the championship, as you well know, Uganda has 11 disciplines to represent us in Tokyo and Badminton is among, so this tournament will help them to add on their points.” He added.
The tournament which will be held at Lugogo Indoor Arena, will run for four days from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd.
Defending Champions India will not feature in this edition.
The participants start reporting on Monday 17th February 2020 and the famous countries include; Germany, England, Australia, Egypt, Nigeria and the hosts Uganda.
65 participants will come from the 34 foreign countries while Uganda will be represented by 99 competitors.
Seed one for Uganda in women, Aisha Nakiyembe will not feature tournament, currently trading in USA, Gladys Mbabazi, Brian Kasirye (seed one men), Kirabo Fred, Davis Ssenono, Amos Mayanja, Husina Kobugabe shall be among the 99 to lift Uganda’s flag.
There are five categories, men, women singles, Men and Women doubles and mixed doubles.
Since it’s a professional tournament, it has ten thousand US dollars ($100000) as prize money and it will be distributed amongst the winners.