Moses Muhangi, Uganda Boxing Federation President confirmed to URN that the tournament will be used to select National team players at all levels including both Male and females for the upcoming commonwealth games.
Uganda Boxing Federation-UBF has organized a mini
boxing tournament for the selection of the national boxing team for the
forthcoming 2022 Commonwealth games.
The tournament will take place at the Hockey
Ground in Lugogo next week on a date yet to be decided. Pugilists from across
the country are expected to take part in the event.
On Saturday last week, the
Boxing Federation organizes a vaccination exercise for all boxers expected to
participate in the mini-trials.
Moses Muhangi, Uganda Boxing Federation President
confirmed to URN that the tournament will be used to select National team
players at all levels including both Male and female for the upcoming
He revealed that although the
technical team is yet to make the draws, the three boxers who participated in
the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games would only punch in the quarterfinals.
will be given a bye and they only punch in the quarter-finals in their
respective weights,” Muhangi said. Three boxers namely National team captain
Shadir Musa, welterweight category, Catherine Nanziri, flyweight and David
Ssemujju middleweight participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Muhangi also revealed that the competition would
cater for six National teams with which each team comprising 13 boxers. They
include the elite team (Men and Women) comprising of boxers aged 19 above, Youths
(Men and Women) and Junior both men and women teams.
Catherine Nanziri, flyweight boxer, told URN that
she is preparing well for the mini-tournament, saying this would be a great
chance for her because of her failure to make her dreams come true in the Olympic
//Cue in: “Nze nkola training …
Cue out: …Nga tewali kyakwekwasa,”//
Isaac Masembe, who participates in the featherweight
also told URN that he is preparing for the games expects better performance.
//Cue in: Kasita bamaze otugema …
Cue out: … ku gym ku lubya,”//
Masembe is one of the boxers who missed out on the
Olympics qualification after losing out in the qualifiers in Dakar last year.
Even when his teammates Nanziri and Ssemujju qualified basing on World
rankings, the 300 points that put him seventh in the world could not
guarantee him a slot at the Olympics.
He however hopes to build from that to storm
the national team and compete in the commonwealth games. This will be a
great platform for Uganda’s pugilists who have spent a lot of time without any active
competition, which explains Uganda's poor performance in the games, according
to Muhangi. Before going for the Olympic Games, the three had not stepped in a
ring to compete for almost two years.
Uganda Boxing Federation has spent over two
years without a domestic boxing competition, which puts the careers of the
boxers at stake. Yet in a year’s time, the bombers will have to take part
in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic
Games, boxing was Uganda’s most successful sporting discipline at the Olympic Games.
Uganda has three silver and one bronze medal.