Friday February 7 2014

Pugilists petition for more Commonwealth Games slots

By Abdu Wasike

Kampala- Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) are lobbying Uganda Olympics Committee (UOC) for more Commonwealth Games slots.

Uganda is taking 64 sportsmen to the Games due July 23- August 3 in Glasgow, Scotland. Boxing has been allocated only five slots on the team.

But UBF has asked UOC to increase the tickets to 13 (10 men and three women).

“All our boxers are not ranked internationally due to inactivity. The Commonwealth Games is a chance for them to get ranked for future events including the Olympics. It’s the future of the sport that we are fighting for,” UBF secretary general Patrick Barigo stated in a letter to UOC, a copy of which this paper has seen.

Ambrose Tashobya, Team Uganda’s chef-de-mission to the Commonwealth Games, said he was yet to receive the petition yesterday.
“I haven’t been in office but we shall handle the matter,” said Tashobya, who is also the UOC vice-president (administration).

Uganda didn’t take any boxers to the 2012 Olympics in London.