By Johnson Were and James Bakama
FORMER national boxing coach Peter Grace Sseruwagi has appealed to government to give due assistance to athletes that get health problems while on duty.
Sseruwagi, 83 expressed his concern while receiving a medal honouring his contribution to Uganda’s development yesterday.
Sseruwagi, who was national coach for three decades and led Uganda to 95 (gold), 75 (silver) and 54 (bronze) medals, yesterday received the Golden Jubilee Medal.
The medal was presented by the Secretary Presidential Awards Committee Amooti Businge on behalf of President Yoweri Museveni at Parliamentary Building in Kampala.
“I am very glad that government recognises my contribution when I am still alive. This is good for the country,” a smiling Sseruwagi stated.
“However, my health is in danger, I got a problem on the back while on national duty. Now, since they recognise my contributions to this country I request for medical assistance,” he appealed.
Sseruwagi was meant to receive the medal during the 51st Independence celebrations in Rukungiri but could not make the trip.
Businge promised to deliver his message to the higher authorities so that Sseruwagi can be helped.
The retired coach further urged the national boxing governing body to boost boxers’ exposure.
“They should organise several external trials. That is one of the key ways of improving standards.”
Sseruwagi is also of the view Ugandan administrators should visit other countries to see how the sport is managed.