April 21, 2014

Boxers Cry Foul Ahead Of Africa Youth Games

The Uganda Boxing Federation has cited seclusion in the manner by which the Uganda Olympic Committee allocated slots for the team selected to represent Uganda in the Africa Youth Games.

Hamis Semakula (R) was unstoppable against Babu Yusuf during the National Open in March. Photo by Ismail Kezaala.
Hamis Semakula (R) was unstoppable against Babu Yusuf during the National Open in March. Photo by Ismail Kezaala.

The young Bombers trialists who are now at Aero Beach Entebbe undergoing final tune-ups and their top brass claims William Blick led UOC favours sports disciplines that sit on its executive which in return allocated more places on Uganda’s contingents for international games. They further say they are not sure if the team will travel because the funds are non-existant.

Fred Kavuma an official from the federation says boxing is among Uganda’s best disciplines and would come back with medals like it’s been the norm but because of the chaos that earlier characterized the boxing fraternity, other disciplines have taken advantage of the decision making platforms in UOC and the boxing body has to wait for decisions from the boardroom.

“Look at swimming federation that has about three officials on the UOC exo. We would not expect to be considered ahead of them yet they make the decisions,” Kavuma says.

“The games are just a month away but we are not sure if the team will even make it as the federation has no funding yet UOC has also keep quite on the issue of finances.

The second edition of the Africa Youth Games is due May 22-31 in Botswana’s capital city Gaborone.

The boxers will be joining other disciplines that include badminton, weightlifting, table tennis and swimming to compete at the event, which will also help most of the sportsmen try and hit the qualifying mark for the World Youth Olympics that are due in Nanjing, China in August.

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