Foreign players Pierrick Cajot and Kate Foo Kune are the winners of the men’s and women’s singles of the 2018 Uganda International Badmintion Open Championship that ended on Sunday.
The Frenchman Cajot defeated Germany’s Jonathan Persson 21-17, 21-11 in the final played at the Lugogo Arena. Cajot had earlier caused a major upset seeing off top seed and Africa’s top player Georges Julien Paul (Mauritius) at the quarter final stage and also beat Syria’s Aljallad Ahmad 17-21, 22-20, 21-14 at the semi final stage.
The French player who is ranked 161 by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and fifth in France received a cash prize of UGX4.2 million (US1,200 dollars).
In the women’s final Africa’s top player Foo Kune humbled Egypt’s Hosny from Egypt 21-15, 21-10. Foo Kune paired with her boyfriend Persson to win the mixed doubles crown after seeing off Georges Julien Paul and Aatish Lubah (Mauritius) 21-11, 21-18.
The pair from Kazakhstan of Artur Niyazov and Dmitriy Panarin won the men’s doubles title, while the Egyptian pair of Hadia Hosny and Doha Hanny won the women’s doubles finals.
Uganda’s best players in the event where Bridget Shamim Bangi who lost to Foo Kune in the women’s singles semi finals and the men’s doubles pair of Brian Kasirye and Muzafar Lubega who reached the semi finals too.
Shaban Nkuttu, President of the Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) thanked all the players for the good show and encouraged the foreign players to continue gracing the tournament.
The event attracted players from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Algeria, Jordan, Kazakhstan, India, Holland, Syria, Germany, France, Turkey, Zambia and the Republic Republic of Maldives among others.