At one time Edwin Ekiring was the number one badminton player on the continent in fact he was ranked 98th in the world.
Today Ekiring uncomfortably sits in position 26 on the continent and 542nd in the world.
His latest triumph in the Nigerian Badminton International Championship is one that will improve Ekiring’s ranking drastically in the world but most importantly on the continent.
“The win in Nigeria was a good win,” Ekiring said on Sunday after the victory. “One that will without a doubt put me in a better position in terms of improving my ranking,”
“Am not proud of my current ranking and I need to get back to the top,” he added.
Ekiring defeated Frenchman Arnaud Genin 3-1 (11-4, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9) to win the Nigerian tournament last weekend in Abuja.
Ekiring has played at two editions of the Olympics, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 because of his status as Africa’s top seed.
“I can’t rule out a third Olympic appearance and can only achieve that if my ranking gets better.”
“So I need to play a number of qualifying tournaments for me to achieve that,” added Ekiring.
Ekiring Fact file
Full Names: Edwin Ekiring
DOB: December 22, 1983
Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
All Africa Games
Bronze: Algiers 2007
Gold: Kenyan International-2006
Gold: Mauritius International-2008
Silver: Maputo 2011
Botswana Badminton International 2011
SOURCE: Daily Monitor