ailment http://cbpa.com/wp-includes/category-template.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Edwin Ekiring was involved in a serious road accident while cycling home from training in Holland three years ago that left him with a fractured arm, information pills ribs, shop ankle and right knee and doctors writing off his chances of ever playing sport again.
The accident took its physical toll on Ekiring but it also brought back horrific memories of a crash in Uganda 15 years previously that resulted in the death of his mother and left him in a coma for three months.
The 28 year-old spiralled into a deep depression and feared he may never play badminton again but remarkably just eight months later he was back on court.
“The car was travelling [at] 75kmph, I flew seven metres and landed on top of another car. The people on the scene said, ’This guy is dead’,” he said.
“In the first accident I lost my mother, I was in a coma for three months. The second accident brought all the memories back. It was very hard mentally. When I heard the news I might not play badminton, I was so depressed.”
Following the death of his mother Ekiring moved to Los Angeles to live with his aunt.
His time in the US sparked a passion for badminton and he relocated to Holland to pursue a career in the sport.
The world no 93, up against Hong Kong’s 16th seed Wong Wing Ki, had the full-blooded support of the hall yesterday but could not use it to his advantage, losing both games and the match within 26 minutes.
Ekiring has no hope of proceeding to the quarter-final having lost to Brice Leverdez of France — also in straight games — on Saturday but said he would be staying in London and filling as many empty seats as he could.
“I plan to stay and enjoy [the Games]. I had problems buying tickets so have not been able to watch any games, but I looked around today and there are many spaces. I have been staying in the Plaza but now I can go to the Olympic Village.”