Uganda’s best badminton female player Bridget Shamim Bangi will not take part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland after failing to secure a visa.
Ambrose Tashobya, Chief-de-Mission of Uganda’s team to the Games announced yesterday that the UK Visa office had flagged Bangi and she cannot enter the UK till 2025. Tashobya explained that in the past Bangi had applied for a visa to the UK and the Visa office put a red flag on her for reasons Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) is not aware of.
Besides badminton, Uganda will send 62 other athletes in different sports disciplines for the Games that run from July 23 to August 3.
The development is a big blow for Uganda since Bangi had also improved her seeding to number four in the African continent. Tashobya explained that Margaret Nankabirwa had replaced Bangi on the list. He explained that the Uganda government could not do anything about Bangi’s issue because it’s the way the UK government handles their matters.
The Ndejje University student, who has taken part in International tournaments in Nigeria, Mauritius and Kenya in the last two weeks, will now miss on the chance to accumulate points at the Commonwealth Games that would have boosted her chances to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
National Coach William Kabindi said this is a blow to the player and Uganda because she was a good medal prospect \. Kabindi however said he is confident his team that also has Daisy Nakalyango, Wilson Tukire and Holland based professional Edwin Ekiring will perform well.
Uganda is expected to send athletes in Track and field events, Para-Athletics, boxing, badminton, road cycling, track cycling, rugby 7s team, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting and power lifting.