The Uganda Badminton International Challenge served off on Thursday at the Indoor Arena in Lugogo.
The tourney, hosted by Uganda Badminton Association, has attracted 39 countries.
These include top sides on the African Continent including Egypt, Mauritius and Algeria while World Powerhouses like India are also in Kampala.
The tournament that climaxes on Sunday February 27, will help players garner ranking points ahead of future tournaments.
“There are many points at stake, these will help them qualify for Commonwealth games, World Championships and also the Olympics in Paris 2024,” said Uganda Badminton Association CEO Simon Mugabi.
“For team Uganda, it will help the players have continuity as well, it is like a build up to Commonwealth Games and will enable them gauge themselves with some of the players they might meet in Birmingham.”
This is the latest International Badminton tournament Uganda has hosted this year after All Africa Badminton Championships and Africa Para Badminton.
Mugabi adds: “Badminton has grown in Uganda. You are all aware that no country in Africa hosted any tourney during Covid19 but we defied odds. Badminton has marketed Uganda as well in terms of Tourism.”
Uganda Badminton Association has already received financial support from Bank of Baroda and Emperor Motors.
Sandra Nakiwala of Emperor Motors said: “We are glad to partner with Uganda Badminton Association especially at such a time they are hosting this International Tournament. We are committed to supporting the development of Sports in Uganda, and we are excited to start this journey.”
Uganda’s Husna Kobugabe and Mable Namakoye won Women’s doubles while Israel Wanagalya and Betty Apio won mixed doubles last year.
Varun Kapur (India) won Men’s Singles while countrymate Malvika Bansod clinched the Women’s Singles.