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Uganda cancels 2020 Africa Para-Badminton Championship over COVID-19


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A top official in Uganda on Friday said the Ugandan Badminton Association (UBA) would not host the 2020 Africa Para-Badminton Championship, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UBA Chief Executive Officer,  Simon Mugabi,  told Xinhua in an interview that the championship, which was rescheduled for November after being pushed from April, would not be held because badminton is not one of the sporting disciplines that have been cleared by the government to resume.

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Mugabi also said some other countries had COVID-19 protocols in place which make travelling difficult.

He said Uganda has now resorted to making preparations to host the championship in 2021.

Uganda first hosted the first Africa Para-Badminton Championship in 2018.

“We need to keep promoting Para-Badminton as much as possible because Africa has a chance to perform well. As UBA, we shall continue to host events even locally for Para-Badminton,’’ Mugabi said.

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The Africa Para-Badminton Championship is sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation.