Botha cancels Kampala visit over terror threat
Posted Thursday, October 31 2013 at 00:00
America recently put Uganda on red alert following the attack on Kenya’s Westgate Shopping Mall, which left at least 67 people dead.
Former world heavyweight champion Francois Botha has cancelled his visit to Uganda over terror threats.
The four-time world title challenger, alongside World Boxing Federation president Howard Goldberg, had been scheduled to grace Friday’s Mogas National Boxing Championship at Club Obligato. “Once again let me convey our apologies and sadness for having to postpone our proposed visit to Uganda at this time, as a result of the forecasted and imminent terror attack that may take place in Kampala,” Goldberg wrote in a letter to Rogers Ssenyonjo, the Uganda Boxing Union secretary.
America recently put Uganda on red alert following the attack on Kenya’s Westgate Shopping Mall, which left at least 67 people dead and scores injured. Somali insurgent group, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack. “Following serious and daily discussions with experts we could not be allowed to travel at this point,” Goldberg added. “We do know that the final decision was made late, but we were praying that we would have the go ahead to travel. Sadly this was not the case.”
On the agenda for the duo’s visit was mapping a way for reviving Uganda’s boxing which has been on the deathbed for close to seven years due to administrative wrangles.
“We know and share the disappointment in not being able to visit Uganda at this time, but remain committed to Ugandan boxing,” added Goldberg.
The WBF boss promised to visit the country when the situation stablises in future.
It is not clear, though, whether Botha will come at a later date.
The Mogas National Boxing Championship will, however, go ahead. Kenyan boxer Idris Adiri and DR Congo’s Herve Zongo, who are poised to take on Ugandan opponents, arrived yesterday. Adhiri takes on heavyweight Hudson Muhumuza while Zongo faces Sula Segawa in the lightweight division.
The main fight is between Uganda’s Super lightweight Fred Muhumuza and Kenya’s Patrick Amote.