Mon, 06 Dec 2021

KAMPALA, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The national teams of Mauritius and Algeria made winning starts in the 2021 All Africa Badminton Championship here on Thursday.

Africa's top ranked men's singles player Georges Julien Paul guided Mauritius to a 5-0 win against Botswana as the mixed team event started.

Julien Paul defeated Tumisang Olekantse 21-11, 21-13 in the men's singles, before Lorna Bodha saw off Botswana's Tebogo Ndzinge 21-15, 21-12 in the women's singles.

Mauritius also won the men's and women's doubles and the mixed doubles in Group B.

In Group A, title favorite Algeria picked a comfortable 5-0 win against Reunion. Algeria's top men's player Adel Hamek stopped Loic Bektil 21-14, 21-19 in a tough men's singles encounter, while Halla Bouksani beat Leperlier Estelle in the women's singles.

"We are happy that the team has started well and we will continue to work hard to make sure that we can win as a team," said Algeria's Adel Hamek.

The Championship, which was initially scheduled to be held in South Africa before being postponed due to the pandemic, started on Thursday and will end on October 28.

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