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What Next for Bombers After Olympic Games?

David Ssemujju, one of the three boxers who went to Japan told URN that he is training from University of Pain in Kampala's Old Taxi Park. The pugilist makes it clear that he does not know what will happen next, but says he is keeping fit under his coach Addes Sero to be ready in case of any chance.
Catherine Nanziri, one of the boxers. Photo by Fahad Muganga

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Uganda Boxing Federation, which took three boxers in the concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, is still recovering from the dismal performance that saw all its pugilists evicted immediately their campaign started.

The three were Catherine Nanziri, David Ssemuju and Shadir Musa.

The three pugilists lost instantly and returned home before even the games concluded, Captain Shadir Musa Bwogi was the last boxer to lose in team Uganda, even after earning a bye, being one of the highly ranked pugilists in the welterweight category and so didn't have to participate in the round of 32 and he only punched in round of 16. 

The major reason to explain the poor performance in the Tokyo Olympics was lack of exposure for the boxers. Before going for the games, the three hadn't stepped in a ring to compete for almost two years, having last fought in February 2020 during the qualifiers.

A month after the summer games, the national team boxers are yet to determine their fate, as per now, Uganda has spent over two years without a domestic boxing competition which puts the careers of the boxers at stake. Yet in a year’s time, the bombers will be expected to take part in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Now, since their return from the Olympic games, the trio has embarked on doing their individual training, after failing to hear from their Federation about what next for them.

David Ssemujju, one of the three boxers who went to Japan told URN that he is training from University of Pain in Old Taxi Kampala. The pugilist makes it clear that he does not know what will happen next, but says he is keeping fit under his coach Addes Sero to be ready in case of any chance.

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Moses Muhangi, Uganda Boxing Federation President told URN that the Federation is financially constrained, making it hard to facilitate the boxers for any championship.

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Muhangi however said the Federation is organizing National trials to help them select boxers who will be on national team ahead of the Commonwealth Games. He pointed out that even the three boxers will have to take part in the championship to defend their slots on the National team.

“The best that we are planning to do as a Federation is to organize mini-trials, to help in the National team selection process, all boxers who want to be on national team will have to participate in the championship including those who came from Olympics, they have to come to the championship, if they win they come back to the team, if they lose they are off the team,” Muhangi told URN.

Before 2020 Tokyo Olympic games, boxing was Uganda’s most successful sporting discipline at the Olympic games. Uganda has total of four medals in boxing, three silver medals and one bronze medal. However, the current status of the sport in the country does not guarantee a bright future for the discipline.

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