Two Ugandan boxers Catherine Nanziri and David Kavuma Ssemujju have qualified for the coming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The duo earn tickets to Tokyo by virtue of their highest standing in their respective weight categories on the African Continent.
They join Shadir Musa Bwogi who qualified earlier in February last year through the African Boxing Championship in Senegal when he beat Ghana’s Jesse Lartey in the Welterweight Box-off on the last day of the championship.
Earlier, four Ugandan boxers who lost at the semis in Senegal had a chance to qualify to Olympics through the qualifiers in Paris.
However, the qualifiers were canceled due to Covid19, and it was later decided that the remaining slots would be determined by rankings by the Boxing Tasking Force.
Nanziri, ranked 12th in the world, and 4th in Africa in her Women’s 51kg (Flyweight), had lost to Kenya’s Christine Ongare in Senegal.
In the Men’s 75kg, Joseph Ssemujju is ranked second, and had lost to Cameroon’s Taye Ntsengue.
With the games starting on Friday, 23 July this year, Uganda’s trio will seek to earn an Olympic medal in Boxing which has eluded the country since 1980!
Four of Uganda’s medals at Olympics have come from Boxing – Eridad Mukwanga won Silver in 1968, Leo Rwabogo won Bronze in 1968 and Silver in 1972 while John Mugabi took silver in 1980 in Munich.