KAMPALA, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's six top players on Monday arrived in Kampala ahead of the 2014 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship slated for Feb. 20-23.
The six players accompanied by three officials arrived ahead of time to prepare for the World Badminton Federation sanctioned event.
"We are here to perform well so that we can improve on our world ranking," said Egypt's top female player Hosny Hadia.
The other players include Abdelkarim Abdelrahman, Elgamel Adham Hatem, Hany Doha, Mohamed Naja and Kashkal Addelrahman.
Simon Mugabi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Badminton Association said the Egyptians decided to arrive early so that they can adapt to the weather conditions and also train.
The tournament's top seed from Sri Lanka's Dinuka Karunaratne who also won the event last year is expected to arrive in the East African country on Monday.
Mugabi said the qualifiers to enter the main draw will start on Thursday before first round matches on Friday.
The tournament brings together over 30 foreign players who will compete in the mixed doubles and men's, women's singles and doubles.
Former Africa's top seed Edwin Ekiring who plies his trade in Holland, Wilson Tukire and Shamim Bangi for the women are Uganda' s strongest players to enter the event.
South Africa's Jacob Maliekal and Nigeria's Jinkam Ifraimu Bulus will be the other players to watch in the men's singles. Other foreign players will come from Australia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Botswana and Zambia among others.