Uganda’s boxing team, the Bombers, have pulled out of the upcoming Bingwa wa mabingwa boxing tournament scheduled to take place in December this year in Tanzania.
Uganda who are the defending champions having clinched the 2018 championship in Rwanda have decided to withdraw from the 2020 tournament citing lack of funds to aid preparation.
The development was announced by the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) President Moses Muhangi while speaking to the media at Kati Kati on Wednesday 18th November.
The UBF president pinned all the blame on the National Council of sports (NCS) who he says has not supported the team with the necessary financial support as expected.
“It is unfortunate that the government through NCS has delayed resources to the boxing team which gives us poor preparations and eventually poor results at international competitions,” he said.
The Uganda Boxing Federation president, while explaining the situation leading their withdrawal from this year’s Bingwa wa Mabingwa tournament was also quick to express what his opinion on the status of boxing with the NCS is.
“We are a priority sport in words but implementations differ from reality. A priority sport like boxing can’t be lowered down to 13M since March this year.”
However, sources close to the NCS reveal that the government is short on financial resources considering the caps instituted on the country’s expenditure during the period of elections.
This is going to be the first time in a period of five years the bombers have failed to appear at the Bingwa wa Mabingwa tournament. This year’s tournament is to be held in Tanzania from 5th to 10th December.
This years tournament was to act as a preparation camp for the Bombers team ahead of the world Olympic qualifiers in France next year.