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Over 20 players from seven African countries and Asia took part in the competition that rounded of in Yaounde over the weekend.

The national colours were flown high once more at the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex on Sunday July 16, 2017.

The event was the finals of the 2017 International Badminton Tournament that took place in Yaounde over the weekend.

For three days, 27 badminton players from seven African countries and Asia displayed rich talents in the sport.

It was an opportunity for the public to discover the game of badminton and for future players to discover new techniques in badminton.

In the women’s double, Laeticia Guefack Ghomsi and Louise Lisane Mbas won the first gold medal for Cameroon.

They beat Louise Reine Mbida Mbida and Joel Ngadjui also from Cameroon 2-0 sets.

In the mixed double, Antoine Eddy Owona Ndimako and Louise Reine Mbida Mbida won the second gold for Cameroon after beating the pair, Pierre Frederick Bitep and Louise Reine Mbida Mbida 2-0 sets.

In the men’s double, Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik and Mohd Naser Mansour Nayef from Jordan beat Adham Hatem Elgamal and Mohamed Mostafa Kamel from Egypt 2-0 sets.

In the Women’s single Hana Hesham Mohamed beat Madeleine Laeticia Akoumba Ze from Cameroon 2-0 sets while in the men’s single Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik from Jordan beat Sahil Sipani from India 2-1 sets.

At the end of the competition Cameroon finished first with 11 medals; two gold, three silver and six bronze. Egypt followed with one gold, one silver and one bronze medal.

Jordan had one gold medal, India one silver medal, DR Congo one silver medal and Côte d’Ivoire one bronze medal.

The National Technical Director for Badminton, François Sena, said Cameroon was able to make it due to hard work for the past one year.

He said the hope of Cameroon is for the players to participate in several international competitions because playing only at home does not enable them valorise the work the federation is doing with children.

The competition was presided over by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Bidoung Mkpatt.

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