The Tokyo 2020 Olympic games were initially slated to take place from July 24th to 9th August 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the games were postponed to the summer of July 23rd- August 8th 2021.
It is a dream for every athlete to represent their country at a bigger stage like the Olympics. During this moment when there is no more action in the world of sport, The Touchline Sports is getting closer, and into conversations with some of the players to share their life stories.
Today, we caught up with Bombers’ captain Shadir Musa Bwogi who already booked a ticket to participate at the Olympics from the qualifiers that were held in Dakar – Senegal.
We asked Bwogi how he feels after qualifying for the Olympics for the first time and he says it as a dream come true.
It is a dream come true and I am delighted that I will be lifting my countries’ flag at the bigger stage.
About the Olympic games being postponed to the next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Shadir Musa describes the situation as a blessing in disguise as it comes along with difficulty in accessing training facilities.
However, he believes there is a bigger opportunity for getting enough time to improve on his weaknesses, correct the mistakes and focus on becoming a better boxer than he was at the African qualifiers in Dakar.
It has affected me in a way that my bills will have to increase in some way.
I now have to pay for the training and feeding longer than anticipated.
This is beyond my budget. I did not plan for it.
But it has helped me get more time to train harder and correct all my mistakes. I had a few challenges at the qualifiers in Senegal, so it is high time I reviewed myself.
Shadir Musa Bwogi who is currently doing personal training at his home in Najjeera, is grateful to his national team coaches who
Remain supportive of my training regimen during this time in quarantine.
They have been giving me tips via social media, advice and training schedules on a daily basis.
Bwogi is also eyeing silverware at the Olympic games.
I aim at achieving big and my main target is to bring a medal back home.
I want to make my country, coaches, teammates and the Federation proud.
He advised the Bombers who were about to face the 2nd phase of qualification which was called off to stick to their training program.
As a captain my advice is that they should keep training hard.
They should follow the training programs as provided by the the coaches.
On the current lockdown, the Bombers captain advises Ugandans to follow the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health.
Ugandans need to follow the guidelines from the Ministry of Health and stay at home as we try to fight through the 21 days of lockdown.
Bwogi captained the bombers team of 13-players at the African Olympic qualifiers in Dakar – Senegal. He stood tall to grab a slot for team Uganda at the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympics.