Four Ugandan boxers left the country last month for boxing trial tournament in Netherlands and later another boxer, Fazil Juma Kaggwa, with support from national council of sports, joined them but wasn’t allowed to play.
Since the players left the country, no financial support has been rendered to them by the local amateur boxing federation yet they hoped to be supported while there. They now have no tickets to help them cross direct from Netherlands to Azerbaijan for the Olympics qualifiers.
Andman Daku, a Ugandan boxer based in Netherlands, is now assisting the boxers with accommodation and also trying to have where they can at least train from. Daku was bitter on failure of the responsible authorities to support the players.
“Two Ugandan boxers managed to make it to the finals out of four without any government support. Boxers had to pay for their own air-tickets and accommodation. Very sad, Ugandans In Netherlands let’s show our brothers love,” lamented Daku.
Uganda boxing federation publicity secretary, Fred Kavuma, admitted that it is true boxers are stranded in Netherlands and they need to cross to Sweden for a camp ahead of the qualifiers but the federation has no money.
“Yes they are in Netherlands and we have sent no funds to them. However we have a meeting with National council of Sports who promised to fund the boxers to Azerbaijan and see what they can give us. Meeting will be on Wednesday,” said Kavuma.
But still Kavuma said that he is not certain if National council of sports will provide all the necessary tickets and accommodation fee for all boxers.
“I am not so sure because even NCS wasn’t so specific about the number of tickets but we shall communicate on what they will give the boxers,” added Kavuma.
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Azerbaijan Olympics boxing qualifying tournament will begin in a period of fifteen days from now (Thursday) and Uganda is looking on to have more number of boxers in Olympics games to be held in Brazil in August this year. Already two Ugandans (Ronald Sserugo and Kennedy Katende) qualified for Olympics.