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John ‘Beast’ Mugabi, Leo Rwabogo Headline UBF Sports Excellence List

Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) has compiled a list of the country’s medalists as Government moves to reward sports excellence.

This follows a recent request from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who said that any sports performer who won a gold, Silver or bronze medal since 1954 should be rewarded whether dead or alive.

“By copy of this message, I ask the Ministry of Education to compile for me all the exemplary Ugandan sports performers at the African continental level, the commonwealth or the Olympics since 1954 when Etolu, the high jumper, represented Uganda at Perth, Commonwealth Games in Australia. I remember his picture very well,” Museveni asked.

Uganda Boxing Federation has so far 84 medallists on their list, and has asked the public to contribute to the list in case anyone has been left out.

The list includes medallists from Olympics, Commonwealth Games, All Africa Games World Boxing Championship and Africa Boxing Confederation Championship.

The 84 medallists so far

Boxing At The Olympics

Headlining the charts are the Olympic medallists, as expected.

Ugandan has scooped a total of seven Olympic medals, five of them coming from the sport of Boxing.

Boxer Eridad Mukwanga won Silver in 1968 in Mexico City, the first Olympic medal in Uganda’s history.

Leo Rwabogo has two Olympic medals; Bronze in 1968 Mexico and Silver in Munich 1972. Rwabogo, born on 3rd June 1949, died on January 14- 2009.

Leo Rwabogo displaying Bronze (left) and silver (right) medal.

John ‘Beast’ Mugabi is the last Boxer to win a medal at the Olympics for Uganda when he bagged Silver at 1980 in Moscow, Russia.

Born 4th March, 1960, Mugabi was a light Middleweight fighter. Mugabi also triumphed at the All African Games in 1978, Mugabi had managed to win a bronze medal in the light Welterweight division.

John the beast Mugabi (courtesy)

On his way to Olympics medal, weighing 67 kg, Mugabi knocked out Georges Koffi (Congo) in the first round at the round of 16.

He eliminated Paul Rasamimanana (Madagascar) with a knockout in round two at the round of eight before defeating Mehmet Bogujevci (Yugoslavia) with another knockout during the first round at the Quarter final.

In the semis, he edged Kazimierz Szczerba (Poland) by split decision, 3–2 but lost to Andrés Aldama (Cuba) by majority decision, 1–4 in the final to settle for Silver.

In addition, Mugabi also won the WBC super welterweight.

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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