With only 44 days left to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games in Japan, the National boxing team, Bombers, are shrouded in ‘a raring to go’ mood.
It should be noted that since the 2004 Olympic games held in Athens Greece when Sam Rukundo (light weight) last won a first fight, no Ugandan boxer has ever won his first fight since then.
Rukundo had travelled with other boxers ie jolly katongole (Light Weight), Brian Mayanja (Feather Weight), Sadat Tebazalwa (Welter weight) and Joy Vegas Lubega Mmiddle Weight that all lost their opening fights apart from Rukundo.
In 2008, in the Olympic games that were held in Beijing China, Uganda only qualified one – boxer Ronald Serugo who lost his first fight as well as in 2016 in Rio in Brazil, Uganda was represented by two boxers Ronald Serugo and Kenedy Katende that all lost their first bouts.
While visiting the team’s training base in Kavumba, UBF president Moses Muhangi has staked 1 million to each Ugandan boxer that wins his or her opening fight.
“We want to break the 16yr jinx of not winning our first fights in olympics thats why am offering 1 million to each of the boxer(s) that will win his or her first fight”.
Millions at stake for medalists.
“On a personal level Muhangi also promised 5M to whoever wins an Olympic gold, 3M for Silver and 2M for bronze and 2.5M to each of the two Coaches if the team wins any Medal”.
Muhangi also fumed over Bombers delayed allowances from government.
“We had challenges in the camp management where conflict of intrest over rided order. Since the team entered camp on 8th allowances havent yet come through.
The team is under a two time Olympian Patrick Lihanda and KBC’s Meddie mulandi that will move with the team.
“The boys are focused for Olympic games and everything seems to be well with the boys apart from the minor injuries” said Head Coach Patrick Lihanda
The team of three boxers Catherine Nanziri, David Ssemujju and captain Shadir Musa Kimera is expected to leave on the 15th June to Tokyo, Japan.