Ugandaâ€™s professional badminton player based in Holland Edwin Ekiring has dropped in the latest world rankings relased by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Uganda’s professional badminton player based in Holland Edwin Ekiring, has dropped in the latest world rankings relased by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
In the rankings released on Friday, Ekiring dropped from the top 100 to 101 which puts him in more pressure ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.
After failing to go past the second round of the recent Uganda International Championships, Ekiring lost his 98th place and now needs to work really hard to get back in the top 100 which gaurantess players automatic qualification into the London Olympics.
Simon Mugabi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) told URN that although Ekiring had dropped, they hope he will fight back strongly to improve his rankings. “He will be in Iran next week for the International tournament and hopefully he gets some good points,” said Mugabi.
Another African player who dropped in ranking was the 2011 All Africa Games gold medalist Jacob Malieka (South Africa) who is now at 128.
Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne, winner of the Ugandan event moved to 63rd position, while Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei is still top and China’s Lin Dan is second. Uganda’s Margaret Nankabirwa is ranked 368, while Shamim Bangi, a late entrant into International tournaments is yet to make it into the top 500.