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BOXING: Bombers receive huge boost

By Charles Lwanga

Added 4th February 2020 09:43 PM

The national team are currently camping in Luzira Prison.

The national team are currently camping in Luzira Prison.

OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS

With the Olympic qualifiers just around the corner, the Uganda national boxing team has been given a positive push ahead of the competition due in Dakar, Senegal next month. 

Sweden-based boxer Alex Bwambale has received his Ugandan passport and is fit to represent the Bombers in the upcoming qualifiers.

The national team, currently camping in the Luzira Prison, has also been training progressively, with no registered injuries, as the boxers maintain their level of fitness by leaving no room for error when they get to the big stage.

At a Tuesday press conference, Robert Iwanve, the Uganda Prisons Sports Officer, commended the boxers' discipline and promised to enhance their activities.

"Under the directive of the prisons administration, I promise to avail you with the prisons' gym. You have been disciplined visitors and it is only right for you to be rewarded," he said.

In attendance was the treasurer of the Zebra Boxing Club, Hajji Gadaffi, who gifted the boxers with fruits to maintain proper nourishment that is key in the athletes' diet.

Uganda Boxing Federation president Moses Muhangi urged the boxers not to take the privileges they have received for granted.

"You are in the camp doing your preparation without any disturbances. A lot has been spent by the prisons and other stakeholders, so do not get tOo comfortable. The only way you can pay them back is through qualification," he said.

Mark Bugembe, alias Buchaman, promised to raise the amateur boxers' grievances to President Yoweri Museveni.

Last year, Bombers brought back four medals from the All Africa Games in Morroco but never got to meet the President.

On their wish list is having more boxing rings, among other things.



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