Ugandan Stephen Aciga Fula will officiate at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games in Japan. The development was confirmed by IOC Boxing task force chairman Morinari Watanabe.
Aciga Fula is rated as the best high profile referee/ judge in Uganda. And certanly if he officiates at the Olympic games, he is most likely to become the greatest of all times having explored the heights at almost every level.
Aciga, 61, currently is Uganda’s only Aiba Star Three ring official and has been to several continental and world events since his debut at the All-Africa Games in Johannesburg in 1999.
Before Covid-19 he almost had a Championship to officiate atleast every four months. Since 2019 Aciga has been involved in 181 international level bouts. He handled 112 at the African Games in Rabat, 69 at the Aiba World Boxing Championship in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Because of the COVID-19 -19 pandemic, he was set to officiate in the Millitary games, Asian Olympic Qualifiers but the events were all haulted because the pandemic.
Aciga begun juggling coaching and refereeing while still a boxer with Kampala Boxing Club in the late 1980s. But he started serious officiating in 1993. After several assignments in Kenya, Tanzania he got his continental certification in Namibia in 1996 before his first continental assignment in South Africa in 1999. In 2002, he, William Macharia and James Muhenda received AIBA Class B status.
Stephen Aciga Fula has been officiating boxing at the international stage since 2000, he did officiate at the 2000 Africa Olympics qualifiers for the Sydney games, 2017 World Women youth Boxing Championship in Wahu, 2017 World military games in Armenia, 2003 World Cadets Boxing Championship in Azerbaijan.
Uganda will be taking their largest ensemble at the games for the first time since 1972 in Munich. Lato Milk and Absa bank have supported athletes that will represent Uganda.