KAMPALA vans slip on australia , Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- A record 60 foreign players have registered to take part in the 2015 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship slated for Feb. 19-22 in the capital.

Milan Ludik who is ranked 94 by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has been seeded top in the men's singles, while Uganda's top player who plies his trade in the Netherlands, Edwin Ekiring is seeded 7th.

Simon Mugabi vans toy story australia , the CEO of the Uganda Badminton Association told on Wednesday that they are glad the tournament has attracted top players from around the world.

"We expect a very competitive event. This means local players must be at their best if they hope to match foreign players," Mugabi said.

Besides Ludik from the Czech Republic, Italy's Rosario Maddolani and Giovanni Grecco also entered the men's singles vans sk8 hi australia , while the women's top seed is Grace Gabriel from Nigeria.

Mugabi said although Dinuka Karunaratne will not defend his men's singles title, other players from Sri Lanka have been drawn in the tournament which will take place at the MTN Arena, Lugogo.

The event will have the men's and women's singles and doubles vans old skool grey suede , together with the mixed doubles.

Uganda's top women player Bridget Shamim Bangi who did not perform well in three European tournaments in Estonia, Sweden and Iceland last month said that she is training hard to be able to perform well and score some ranking points.

"My target is to keep working hard so that I accumulate enough points with the view of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics," said Bangi who is ranked 108 by BWF.

The other foreign players who have been drawn in the tournament will come from India vans old skool womens australia , Zambia, Egypt, Slovakia vans old skool pro australia , Turkey, Hungary, South Africa vans old skool canvas gum , Bulgaria, Kenya, Mauritius and Iran.

WASHINGTON vans old skool all white , Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol said on Monday he will try to fast-track his return after he sprained left knee.

Gasol has to be off his sprained left knee for three to four weeks before he can begin rehab. There is no timetable until the team sees how he responds to treatment.

The Spaniard sustained a grade two sprain of the medial collateral ligament in a game against San Antonio on Friday.

Kosta Koufos, who has been obtained in an offseason trade with the Nuggets, is expected to fill most of Gasol's minutes.


WARSAW, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Polish politicians and officials on Thursday vehemently attacked the re-election of European Council President Donald Tusk and the 59-year-old Polish national himself.

Tusk had broken the rule of neutrality during his first term as European Council President, said Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) Party Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a long and bitter rivalry with Tusk.

"He was not neutral.... You can say that he intervened in Polish affairs very strongly and in delicate situation, in moments of great tension," Kaczynski told reporters.

Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, won another term as president of the European Council at a summit in Brussels despite strong opposition from his home country Poland.

Other Polish politicians also slammed Tusk's re-election. Polish Deputy Sejm (lower house) speaker Ryszard Terlecki said that Tusk has been elected without Polish vote and "he is not a representative of Poland today".

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo claimed that Tusk could not be impartial in dealing with the current Polish government.

According to Szydlo, Tusk abused his authority and interfered with Polish internal affairs, therefore showing lack of neutrality. She alleged he overstepped his European powers and used his authority as the head of the European Council to muscle into national disputes.

Despite strong attacks from his home country, Tusk has shown restraint and not engaged in war of words with Polish politicians and officials.

By Sportswriter Cao Jianjie

SAPPORO, Japan, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- With the Asian Winter Games winding down without a glitch in Sapporo, it is time for the three-time host of the continental event to seriously consider a bid for the Winter Olympics.

Sapporo was the first Asian city to host the Winter Games, and its 1972 Olympic legacy still lasts to this day.

Most of the Asian Games competitions, including Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, biathlon and ice hockey, were held on renovated 1972 venues, winning a nod from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, who said Sapporo has all the facilities needed to hold the Winter Olympics for a second time.

Sapporo officials said they are considering a bid for 2026, but nothing officially has yet been decided.

"Our citizens' interest in bidding for the Winter Olympics is rising," said Sapporo mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto, also the chief organizer of the Winter Asiad.

The OCA president is warm to the prospect of a Sapporo bid for the 2026 Games, saying the city "is capable and ready."

A successful bid would mean the IOC returning to a city in Asia for a third straight time following PyeongChang in 2018 and Beijing in 2022.

The Japanese Olympic Committee has yet openly voiced its support for a 2026 bid, keeping in mind that Tokyo is hosting the Summer Olympics in 2020.

Sapporo's abilities in organizing big games have been recognized by the 2022 host.

"I am impressed with their savvy, diligence and efficiency," said Wang Yanxiao, head of a six-member "learning team" sent by the 2022 organizing committee.

"We come to learn," added Wang, "especially in the areas of personnel management, tech support, venue design and construction, post-games use of facilities and venues, as well as media service."

Wang noted a deeply-rooted winter sports tradition in Sapporo.

"In addition to natural resources, Sapporo has a great winter sports tradition and a perfect atmosphere, as well as.