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Boxers Await AIBA Clearance For Games - Muhangi

The President of the Uganda Boxing Federation UBF, Moses Muhangi has said they are waiting for the final word from the World Boxing body AIBA on weather Ugandas team will be allowed to participate at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Team Uganda at the official opening ceremony at the Games village in Australia on Thursday.
 

The President of the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF), Moses Muhangi has said they are waiting for the final word from the World Boxing body (AIBA) on weather Uganda's team will be allowed to participate at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“ We have already written to AIBA explaining all the issues they asked and also made it clear that the person who complained Kenneth Gimugu is not the current President of Boxing in Uganda. They told us to wait for their verdict which they will communicate to the organisers of the Commonwealth Games,” added Muhangi.

Five Ugandan boxers are already in Gold Coast, Australia waiting for the Games that take place April 4-15th. The Games that attract only member Commonwealth nations are organised by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

In a letter dated March 17th and sent to AIBA by former UBF President, Gimugu he questioned  why Uganda submitted an unapproved and ineligible team to the Commonwealth Games and yet some of the boxers cannot qualify on medical grounds because they suffered knockouts and concussions recently.

But Muhangi told URN on phone that they have sent explanations to AIBA about each of the Ugandan boxers. “ But we have also made it clear to them that they cannot listen to Gimugu who is the the boxing President and is not recognised by the National Council of Sports (NCS), the body that runs sports on behalf of the government.

The Bombers team to the Commonwealth Games include; Musa Bwogi (69kg), Juma Miiro (46-49kg), David Semujju (64kg), Nasir Bashir (56kg) and Regan Simbwa (81kg).

Bosco Onyik, chairman of the National Council of Sports Board however told URN that he is doubtful the Commonwealth Games organisers can stop the Ugandan boxers from participating because the person complaining is not the President of the sport. “ It will be unfortunate if they are barred from participating when they have already reached Australia,”added Onyik.

Uganda will field athletes in other disciplines like Rugby, Netball, track and field, Cycling, Swimming, Badminton, Table Tennis, Sqaush, Shooting and Weightlifting.

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