Uganda’s top Badminton player Edwin Ekiring on Wednesday night lost to Hong Kong’s Yun Hu in the second round of the on-going 2013 World Championships in Guangzhou, China.
Ekiring who accumulated over 500 ranking points after defeating Slovakia’s Jarolim Vicen in the first round found the going tough when he lost 21-1, 21-18 to the World’s 6th ranked player.
William Kabindi, one of Ekiring’s coaches in Kampala, told Uganda Radio Network that his first round victory against the world’s 102rd ranked player will greatly improve his rankings.
Hu stopped the 2012 Uganda International Open champion, Niluka Kartnaratne from Sri Lanka 21-13, 21-16 in the first round.
Ekring who featured in the last two Olympics Games and won a silver medal at the 2010 All Africa Games was the only African player to play in the top level tournament which brings together only 64 players on the main draw. Ekiring who was ranked in the top 100 before the London Olympics last year had dropped to 289th place.
Meanwhile, Uganda is also preparing to send a team to the forthcoming 2013 All Africa Senior Badminton Championship to take place in Mauritius August 14-20. The Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda badminton Association (UBA), Simon Mugabi said that they busy looking for money from corporate companies to be able to take the team
The four players who have been picked to represent the country and will also take part in the Mauritius International Championship include; Fred Kirabo, Jacob Musisi, Margaret Nankabirwa and Africa’s fourth ranked female player Shamim Bangi.