The Uganda Boxing Federation is not happy after the government limited the number of boxers heading for the All Africa games in Morocco to only eight.
The federation had proposed to take a full team of at least 20 boxers but they were forced to reduce the number to only eight.
The 12th All African Games will take place from 19 to 31 August 2019 in Rabat, Morocco.
“We express our concern to the Boxers who have been turned away from the All Africa Games this month because of inadequate funding from state sports committees,” the federation lamented.
“Our mission was submitting a full team of 20 Boxers (Male + Female) to the games, but the organizing committee set the limit at only 8 Boxers.”
“In this state of emergency, as UBF, we had submitted a request to fund for some of the remaining Boxers to Morocco but it was denied by the committee leaving us with an unbearable task of dropping Boxers from the Final Bombers Team.”
“This is a serious issue which holds the Sport back from fulfilling its full potential to benefit individuals and society. Of recent UBF’s president Moses Muhangi has been on the forefront fighting what he calls unfairness by the government in sharing the sports funds with football (FUFA) enjoying a lion’s share.”
“The 60 Days in Luzira Camp may have been undervalued but as a Federation we will work hand in hand to decrease the rate of such numerous instances of unfairness that are being demonstrated by Sports Organizations.”
The Eight Bombers to represent Uganda in all Africa games Morocco 2019; Men
Light fly (49kg) – Champion Busingye
Bantam (56kg) – Masembe Isaac,
Light weight (60kg) – Tukamuhebwa Joshua,
Super heavy weight (91kg) – Geko Solomon,
Welterweight (69kg) – Shadir Musa Bwogi(Capt),
Middle weight (75kg) – Kavuma David Semujju.
Middle weight (75kg) – Baleke Hellen
Bantam – Nalia Jalia
Head coach: Meddie Mulani
Assistant: Kankusi Mercy.