Friday, 14 Jun 2024

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India’s Manoj Sarkar and Bartłomiej Mroz of Poland stood out at the Uganda Para-Badminton International 2017, showcasing their skills and claiming multiple gold medals. This event marked a significant milestone as the first-ever BWF Para-Badminton International held in Africa. Let’s take a closer look at the outstanding performances and the positive impact of the tournament on the African para-badminton community.

India’s Manoj Sarkar Impresses in Singles SL 3

Manoj Sarkar displayed exceptional talent in the combined-gender category, Singles SL 3, securing victory against his compatriot Umesh Kumar in the final match. With a score of 21-18 21-17, Sarkar emerged triumphant. Additionally, Sarkar, alongside Anand Boregowda, claimed gold in the all-India Doubles SL 3 – SL 4 finale, defeating Kumar and Sukant Kadam with a score of 21-14 21-16. The category witnessed an exciting clash between all three doubles combinations.

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Bartłomiej Mroz Dominates Men’s Singles SU 5

Bartłomiej Mroz, the top seed in Men’s Singles SU 5, showcased his skills as he breezed to victory. Overcoming India’s Pankaj Singh with a score of 21-9 21-6, Mroz claimed the gold in this category. He continued his winning streak by partnering with Nilesh Gaikwad of India in Men’s Doubles SU 5, defeating Sugil Abbas and Pankaj Singh with a score of 21-19 21-12 to secure another gold medal.

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Thrilling Matches in Other Categories

The tournament witnessed intense matches in other categories as well. In Singles SL 3 + SL 4, top seed Sukant Kadam made an impressive comeback, defeating the No.2 seed Anand Boregowda in a thrilling 50-minute match with a score of 17-21 21-11 21-17. Sanjeev Kumar further contributed to India’s success by winning the gold in Men’s Singles WH 2. He triumphed over his teammate Suresh Karki with a score of 21-10 21-12 in the final.

Exhibition events were also held, with Uganda’s Elizabeth Mwesigwa winning the Women’s Singles SL 3 category and France’s Stephen Durand and Richard Perot claiming gold in Men’s Doubles WH 1 – WH 2.

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A Groundbreaking Tournament in Africa

Apart from the thrilling on-court action, the Uganda Para-Badminton International 2017 made history as the first-ever BWF Para-Badminton International event in Africa. This tournament provided a platform for three Nigerians and 18 Ugandans to compete at an international level for the first time. Isa Kasadha of Uganda was the sole African athlete with prior international experience. India, France, and Poland were the other countries that participated in this landmark event held at the Sharing Youth Centre in Kampala.

The tournament, organized by the Uganda Badminton Association and supported by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and the Badminton Confederation of Africa, aimed to engage and empower the African para-badminton community. Prior to the event, a national classifier course was conducted by Dr. Shamsul Azhar Shah of Malaysia, a BWF Senior Classifier. Participants from Congo, Mauritius, and Nigeria attended the course. The tournament also introduced the “i am badminton” Integrity Campaign, which promotes the values of fair play, integrity, and honor within the sport.

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FAQs

  • Q: Where was the Uganda Para-Badminton International 2017 held?

    • The Uganda Para-Badminton International 2017 was held at the Sharing Youth Centre in Kampala.
  • Q: How many African athletes competed in the tournament?

    • Three Nigerians and 18 Ugandans competed in the Uganda Para-Badminton International 2017.
  • Q: Which countries participated in the event?

    • Apart from Uganda, India, France, and Poland also participated in the tournament.

Conclusion

The Uganda Para-Badminton International 2017 showcased the exceptional skills of Manoj Sarkar and Bartłomiej Mroz, who claimed multiple gold medals. Additionally, this groundbreaking tournament marked the first-ever BWF Para-Badminton International held in Africa. It provided African para-badminton athletes with an invaluable opportunity to compete at an international level. With its commitment to engaging the African para-badminton community and promoting integrity, the tournament left a lasting impact on the sport.

Tournament Results: Uganda Para-Badminton International 2017