KAMPALA, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Over 30 foreign players are slated to compete in Uganda's annual International Badminton Open scheduled to take place between Feb. 20-23 in the capital city Kampala.
Simon Mugabi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Badminton Association told Xinhua late on Wednesday that all preparations are set for the tournament expected to attract players from Malaysia, Mauritius, Botswana and Zambia among others.
"We are all set for the tournament which will bring together over 30 foreign players. The draws have been made and some categories will have players battle in the qualifiers first to make the main draw," he said.
While Sri Lanka's Dinuka Karunaratne who will be defending his title will be the top seed of the tournament, South Africa's Jacob Maliekal and Nigeria's Jinkam Ifraimu Bulus are ranked second and third respectively.
Uganda's Edwin Ekiring who has featured in the last two Olympics Games is not included in the tournament since he has dropped in the world ranking.
For the women's draw, Uganda's Shamin Bangi is ranked No. five, while India's Trupti Murgunde and Hadia Hosny from Egypt are first and second seed respectively.
"We expect a very competitive tournament because the number of foreign players is bigger than previous events. We are aware that players from all over the world are eager to score ranking points if they perform well in this tournament," said Mugabi.