Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) has through the secretariat and management commenced the roadmap to the scheduled national team selection trials with a mass free Covid-19 vaccination program.
These particular trials are slated to kickstart next week and will see an involvement of over 700 boxers. These will take out each other on a knockout basis.
A Total of 719 persons have received their vaccination doses including UBF administrators, club coaches, sports journalists, and some staff members from the National Council of Sports (NCS).
“It’s been almost two years without boxing action, we believe we are taking the right path to the return of boxing,” said UBF president Moses Muhangi.
“We have vaccinated over 700 boxers and these should be ready ahead of the Commercial Champions league boxing tournament as well as National team Selection,” he adds.
The coaches themselves seem ready for the return of boxers in the rings and ultimately, a return to one of the country’s most prestigious sports disciplines.
“I am optimistic that I will fill the shoes of my fallen husband “the late Zebra Mando Ssenyange” with the help of other coaches and hope to field more athletes on the national team,” coach Mercy Mukankusi told the media.
The 2019 National Open was the last major local event that UBF held, a competition won by Lukanga boxing club-who took home almost all accolades from the competition.
Coming up with yet another boxing competition that will not only entice fans but also help prepare for the national team selection seems to be a positive idea from the federation.