New Vision (Kampala)

28 November 2012

Uganda: Aiba to Help Ugandan Boxers

The national junior boxing team is undergoing training with selected coaches from the international amateur boxing body -AIBA - ahead of the World Youth Championship that starts in Armenia on Friday.

Uganda is represented by four boxers, fully sponsored by the Uganda Olympic Committee as Uganda makes a return to the international scene since the Beijing 2008 Olympics, where Ronald Serugo represented Uganda.

But squabbles have rocked the local boxing body since, forcing AIBA to suspend Uganda from international tournaments, hence also missing out on the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Uganda Olympic Committee acting president William Blick said that the team has already been admitted in the Armenia camp.

"We requested that they help prepare them psychologically for the tournament. We are looking at these as the best prospects to represent us in the next Olympic Games in 2016," said Blick.

The youths will spend a week training in the AIBA camp, with chances of the best joining the Olympic Solidarity programme for the 2020 Olympics.

The team includes Juma Kaggwa (light fly), Rogers Ssentamu (fly), Moses Bob Asiya (light) and Emmanuel Nsubuga (bantam).

Meanwhile, fighters on the Uganda Boxing Union Friday schedule will be unveiled today at a press conference at Sojovalo Hotel according to match maker Emmanuel Mwesigwa, adds Silvano Kibuuka.

This follows the arrival of Kenyan fighter Joseph Ayeko yesterday, who will take on Uganda heavyweight Kenneth Odeke for a non-title encounter at the MTN Arena, Lugogo.

The fight will be one of the undercards for the national UBU super middleweight title between Zebra 'Mando' Senyange and Haruna 'Banabana' Ddiba.

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