Ekiring Targets Olympic Qualifying Points In Morocco

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Ugandas top player Edwin Ekiring has left his base in Netherlands today to take part in the 2016 Morocco International Badminton Open Championship in Casablanca.

Uganda's top player Edwin Ekiring has left his base in Netherlands today to take part in the 2016 Morocco International Badminton Open Championship in Casablanca.


Speaking to URN online before departure Ekiring said he is eager to perform well and get more world ranking points in his quest to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.


Ekiring who won bronze at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville said he is determined to win the title so that he gets a lot of ranking points which will also contribute towards Olympic qualification.


Fresh from winning the Egypt International Open Championship title last weekend, Ekiring will however face stiff competition from Pedro Martins (Portugal), Adam Dolmon (England), Maxime Moreels (Belgium), Bjorn Seguin (USA) and Vincent Espen (France) and his major rival in Africa Jacob Maliekal from South Africa.


Ekiring who is targeting his third Olympic Games together with Nigeria's Grace Gabriel maintained their top spots in Africa after the Badminton World Federation (BWF) released the rankings on Thursday.


The Netherlands based professional remained top for the men's singles with 20153 points at number 84, while South Africa's Jacob Maliekal who won a gold medal at the 2015 All Africa Games last month is second on 19514 points.


Nigeria's top player Gabriel has also maintained the women's rankings and 72 in the world with 21506 points, while Kate Foo Kune (Mauritius) is second. China's Chen Long and Carolina Marin (Spain) are currently the top world ranked men and women's singles players respectively.