Ugandan boxers to feature at 2014 Commonwealth Games
Posted Wednesday, October 2 2013 at 01:00
Due to administrative wrangles over the past seven years, Ugandan boxers have missed out on many top competitions.
Uganda’s amateur boxers are set to return to the big stage.
Following the election of a new Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) executive, a team will be put together to represent the country at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. “We have the boxers. There are very many talented boys out there,” UBF president Kenneth Gimugu told Daily Monitor at the weekend.
Due to administrative wrangles over the past seven years, Ugandan boxers have missed out on many top competitions including the 2010 Commonwealth Games and last year’s Olympic Games.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the country was represented by only one boxer - Ronald Serugo. But Gimugu and his team are now bent on reviving the sport that has won Uganda the highest number of Olympic medals (four). “We are on the drawing board,” Gimugu said on the sidelines of the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) council meeting at Lugogo.
“We’ll certainly have a team at the Commonwealth Games and other upcoming international competitions,” added Gimugu, who beat politician Issa Kikungwe to the boxing body’s top position. During the UOC meeting, Gimugu was delighted to learn that his executive had been endorsed by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA). He will further be pleased to learn that local clubs are already down to serious business.
East Coast, Cobap, Rhino and Uganda Police boxing clubs were in Mombasa last week where they collected 17 medals at the East Africa Cities Inter-Club Boxing Championships (EACBC). The event pitted the Ugandan sides against two clubs from Mombasa and one each from Nairobi and Arusha.
Guided by experienced coach Dick Katende, East Coast emerged overall champions with five gold medals, two silver and one bronze. “There is a lot of untapped talent in the country,” Katende, who has previously handled the national team, said at Lugogo yesterday as the boxers were welcomed back to Kampala.
Coach Lawrence Kalyango, who steered Cobap to two gold, three silver and bronze medals in Mombasa said: “With a tournament calendar, there is little that can stop Uganda from challenging for a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.”
EAST AFRICA CITIES INTER-CLUB BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Best Boxer – Nasir Bashir (East Coast BC)
Best Loser – Moses Senyonjo (Cobap BC)
Best Lady Boxer – Mary Muthoni (Nairobi BC)
Best Loser (lady) – Diana Tulyanabo (Rhino BC)