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Legendary Sseruwagi recognised

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th October 2006 03:00 AM

UGANDA’S most successful boxing coach Peter Sseruwagi has received an International Olympic Committee honour of excellence.

UGANDA’S most successful boxing coach Peter Sseruwagi has received an International Olympic Committee honour of excellence.

By James Bakama
and Samson Opus

UGANDA’S most successful boxing coach Peter Sseruwagi has received an International Olympic Committee honour of excellence.
IOC executive member Maj. Gen. Francis Nyangweso presented a trophy to Sseruwagi at a UABF stakeholders’ conference at Lugogo on Thursday.
“IOC is recognising your efforts that made Uganda a boxing power in the seventies,” said Nyangweso in one of the nostalgic moments of the inaugural conference.
The conference graced by the doyen of Ugandan boxing Tom Kawere, also attracted big names like former world champion Ayub Kalule.
Veterans like Bob Kasule and Jerome “Mr. Discipline” Kanakulya also gave tips on how to revamp the ailing sport.
Sseruwagi, rated alongside legends like Cuba’s Alcides Sagara, lectured the packed Lugogo bar hall on how to get the best out of boxers.
“Boxers differ. A coach should therefore carefully study his fighters before teaching them.”
District representation to the UABF general assembly was strongly opposed in the conference moderated by Justin Ligyalingi.
Several stakeholders felt that districts were often manipulated for election purposes. A proposal that the president appoints his executive was strongly supported.
Nyangweso however cautioned that democracy can only be achieved by elections in all executive positions.
“The greatest body to decide on the executive is the general assembly. Handpicking members is killing the sport,” Nyangweso stressed.
Nyangweso nevertheless lauded the normalisation process and said there is a lot UOC has to offer boxing.
UABF’s normalisation committee organised the conference to brainstorm in a session aimed getting ideas from stakeholders.
The committee’s proposals on how to revamp UABF include a minimum O-Level qualification for executive members.
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Legendary Sseruwagi recognised

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