AIBA Olympics qualifiers in Azerbaijan began with weighing-in on Tuesday this week and Uganda had earlier announced to have about ten boxers there. By Monday this week, Uganda boxing federation officials were yet to decide whether to facilitate boxers to that tournament or not.
Five boxers including; Fazil Juma Kaggwa, Sula Ssegawa, Atanus Mugerwa and Willy Kyakonye had already left the country to Netherlands for boxing trial tournament but for almost a month they have been stranded there with no facilitation from either the government or the boxing governing body in Uganda.
On Monday some Uganda boxing federation officials tried to contact the boxers only to learn that the boxers had absconded from the known gym they have been training from.
It is from here that some of the Uganda boxing federation officials who were in a crisis meeting led by UBF patron Godfrey Nyakana decided to withdraw their attention from the boxers leaving all matters to Uganda boxing federation president Kenneth Gimugu whom they say he registered the boxers in Olympics qualifiers in Azerbaijan but he told no body among the executive members.
“He registered the boxers and we don’t know the number and it’s because of this that we can’t even submit our budget to National council of sports because we don’t know exactly the number of boxers going to Azerbaijan. He (Gimugu) is not picking the phone calls but probably those boxers can cross to Azerbaijan because it may cost like $300 from Netherlands then if they get there and they need our assistance then they will communicate,” said Fred Kavuma, the Uganda boxing federation publicity secretary, who was part of the crisis meeting held Monday.
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Uganda has only so far qualified two boxers to Olympics (Kenneth Katende and Ronald Sserugo) and nobody knows if the five will go for qualifiers as of now to add up the numbers, and their coming back to Uganda is in balance since they left after selling off some of their properties and in return they have to be back either with medal from Olympics to be on government payroll or to stay there for their remaining lives because also they have some debts back home.