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Uganda’s Nakiyemba gets wildcard for 2018
World Badminton Championship in China

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda’s female player Aisha Nakiyemba is among the African players who have been given a wildcard to take part in the 2018 Badminton World Federation World Championship.

The event which will bring together the top players in the world will take place July 31-Aug. 5 at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Park Arena, China.

“I am happy to be among the players who have been considered for a wildcard to feature at the World Championship,” Nakiyemba who represented Uganda at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia told Xinhua on Thursday.

Besides Nakiyemba who is ranked 112 in the world in the women’s singles, Egypt’s Hadia Hosny is the other African player on the wildcard.

Africa’s top player who is also ranked 65 in the World, Kate Foo Kune is the only African women’s player who has gained direct entry to the Championship.

Uganda’s top men’s badminton player Edwin Ekiring who retired from the national team after the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is the only Ugandan player ever to play in a World Championship in 2015 in Indonesia.

           

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