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Ugandan Boxers Welcome Latest IOC Boxing Task Force Rankings

Featherweight Isaac Masembe (57kg) also has 300 points putting him 7th in the world. Men’s middleweight David Ssemuju emerged 5th in the world and second in Africa with 300 points, Heavy weight Bwambale Alex emerged 13th with 185 points while Shadir Musa of welter weight emerged 14th with 200 points.
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The Uganda Bombers have welcomed the latest rankings by International Olympic Committee IOC Boxing Task Force. The rankings give hope for the Bombers to participate in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

According to the IOC Boxing Task Fifty-three quota places that would have been available at the World Olympic Qualifier will now be assigned based on rankings instead, with the best-ranked boxer per region, per weight category receiving a Tokyo 2020 slot.

In the latest rankings by IOC, four Ugandans were ranked in good positions which brings hope for the players to claim Olympic slots.

Featherweight Isaac Masembe (57kg) also has 300 points putting him 7th in the world. Men’s middleweight David Ssemuju emerged 5th in the world and second in Africa with 300 points, Heavyweight Bwambale Alex emerged 13th with 185 points while Shadir Musa of welterweight emerged 14th with 200 points.

Bombers’ captain Shadir Musa says he is very happy with the latest rankings because they are a result of the hard work of the players. He adds that the ranking will also help instil fear in his opponents he will face in the Olympics.

“This is a high rank because its international wise and it shows up your hard work even the opponents fear you”. Musa says.

Ssemuju says that the ranking has boosted him to train hard and hopes to bring a medal if he qualifies for the Olympic Games.

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Isaac Masembe says he is happy with the rankings however he is not yet sure if he has qualified however he says he would be happy if the rankings book for him a slot for the Olympic Games.


“As a person, it would be giving me a lot of happiness however I am not yet sure that I qualified for Olympics, I will be very happy if I qualify for the Olympics because my dream is to bring a medal of the Olympics to Uganda,” Msembe said.

The Bombers had only secured one player so far “Shadir Musa Bwogi” for the Tokyo Olympics 2021 who qualified after beating Ghana’s Jessie Lartey in welterweight African Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal.

Other players who participated in the same qualifiers lost their ties losing out on qualification, featherweight Isaac Masembe, middleweight David Ssemuju and Catherine Nanziri, lost their semifinals and the third-place box-offs.

The World Olympic Qualifier that is scheduled in Paris in June 2021 would have acted as another alternative for the Bombers’ players to qualify for the Olympics however the event was scrapped earlier this month by the IOC Boxing Task Force.

The final ranking will be communicated in July 2021.

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