The tournament that has attracted 900 participants
Uganda Badminton CEO Simon Mugabi is working on making the annual Bosch East African Badminton Challenge becoming a world ranking event.
Addressing sponsors and participants during the launch of the 4th edition of the championship at Lugogo Friday, Mugabi said the only hindrance so far is the number of categories that the competition has but that he was working to ensure the event becomes a world ranking event because it is a big event on the African continent.
He said the association was still keen on developing the sport starting with the youngsters.
"We are obliged to take the sport to the grassroots and with City Tyres coming on board. Our target is to start with the four-year olds and continue building them up," Mugabi noted.
Queens Nursery and Primary School's Arafat Kibirige in action on day-one of the Bosch East African Badminton Challenge at Lugogo, October 4 2019. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga
The tournament that has attracted 900 participants was officially put in motion by City Tyres director Ahmed Hassan alongside BOSCH officials led by Richard Wandawa, FMU president Dusman Okee, Indian Association of Uganda Chairman Mohan Rao, UBA Chairman Shaban Muziransa, Mugabi and Indian Association secretary Vaheed Mohammed among other City Tyres employees led by CEO Kumar Venkatesh.
City Tyres Marketing Manager Herbert Bashaasha thanked the Uganda Badminton Association for their efforts that have seen the sport continue to develop at the top level while Wandawa noted that the sport does not only help in the physical development but also on the mental aspect.
The tournament kicked off with the schools category and continues today with the corporate, Indian and the professionals in action.