The Uganda Boxing Federation has suspended the national team training due to financial constraints.
The Bombers are in the final preparations for the 2019 All Africa Games scheduled for August in Morocco.
The federation’s president Moses Muhangi has been very vocal against government’s move to fund the Uganda Cranes to a tune of Shs 4.5Bn while the rest of the federations get “peanut millions”.
Muhangi’s office has been forced to suspend the Bombers training citing financial challenges despite calls to the National Council of Sports and the central government to support the team.
“The Bombers training camp ahead of All Africa games has been suspended due to lack of resources,” a dejected Muhangi announced.
He explained that “the 53 million (shillings that the) NCS extended to us was too little to even meet our earlier incurred debts, so we have suspended the camp training until further notice.
“We need a minimum of about 130m to resume camp, this money is meant to cater for allowances of both coaches and boxers, medical Bill’s, food, training equipment, access to private gyms for training since the national gym can’t be accessed , etc.”
However, Muhangi gave a glimmer of hope that he and his administration are working tirelessly to mobilize resources such that the team can resume training ahead of the continental showpiece.
“The UBF executive and myself are trying to mobilize funds here and there though with difficulties,” he added.
Boxing is one of the sports besides athletics that Uganda heavily relies for medals and glory on the continental stage.