Tukamuhebwa focus is in Italy &Thailand tournaments to secure Paris 2024 slots

Tukamuhebwa focus is in Italy &Thailand tournaments to secure Paris 2024 slots

By Emmanuel Sekago

Uganda bombers captain Joshua Tukamuhebwa believes Ugandan boxers still have a chance of securing a good number of boxers to Paris 2024 Olympics berths in Italy and Thailand.

At the moment, Uganda boxing federations (UBF) focus is on the two tournaments in the two countries after the six-member Ugandan contingent returned home with empty hands from the recently held African Olympic qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal.

Bombers Captain Tukamuhebwa in training

Tukamuhebwa whom we found in Lugogo at Uganda boxing federation head office talking to wallnetnews vowed to see that Uganda image shine by rallying his team mates for a successful Olympic qualification campaign if government funds come in time to Uganda boxing federation so that they prepare well, good that the boxing champions league is still ongoing and that alone helps us gauge ourselves.

“We had no shortcomings in Senegal but we took note of our shortcomings and we are ready to give it another shot,” said Tukamuhebwa.

Tukamuhebwa said they got some critical lessons in Senegal and if this time the government releases funds quickly enough to Uganda boxing federation to get to training camp unlike last time they had only a few days,” I am very much sure we shall have a good number of boxers qualifying to Paris 2024.”

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Tumuhabwe said, “it’s now time for all my teammates to prove their mettle in the qualifiers by applying what they had learnt in the ongoing Uganda boxing champions league.
“We shall show our skills, we are getting in the champions league and the experience we acquired in Senegal into our next assignment both in Italy and Thailand. The qualifiers will be our biggest test.”
Uganda was represented by three boxers during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but its only Shadir Bwogi who made it to round of 16 and lost to Georgian boxer Eskerhan Madiev 1-3.

Meanwhile, Uganda boxing federation president Moses Muhangi talking to wallnetnews stressed that there is need for build-up tournaments to help Ugandan boxers jut out full claws ahead of the repechages.

“Ugandan bombers, it’s now time to start participating in more trips to get them ready for major international competitions,” said Muhangi.

The Bombers’ biggest undoing has been the boardroom politics that has engulfed the sport, with political clashes between the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF), National Council of Sports (NCS) and now the Uganda Olympics Committee (UOC).

“We all saw what happened in Dakar, Senegal and our poor performance was our leaders National council of Sports and Uganda Olympic committee politics taking the mandate of selection of the team instead of the Uganda boxing federation and that was the biggest mistake,” said Muhangi.

“I humbly request them to keep off the team selection and leave the Boxing body mandated to run the sport in the country do its work since it has technical people mandated to run day work in preparing the team, let them just release funds in time we prepare our boys men and women to be ready for the stage in Italy and Thailand and punch as many tickets as possible to the 2024 Paris Olympics in France.” he added.

“The two are among the tournaments lined up by the International Olympic Committee to create the pathways to the Paris 2024 Olympics and if we work together we shall give it our best,” said Muhangi.

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