By Derrick Wadria
Uganda’s boxing medal hopes in the 2020 Olympics are now left in Shadir Musa Bwogi and David Ssemujju after Catherine Nanziri failed to beat Japanese Tsukimi Namiki unanimously in the Flyweight at the Kokugikan Arena, Tokyo.
Naziri who was Uganda’s first ever female boxer at the Olympics lost 30-27, 30-27, 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27.
However, Nanziri who started her Boxing career at Aggrey Memorial Boxing club in Bunamwaya six years ago had qualified for the 2020 Olympics qualification after cancelling the qualifiers in France that were to be a way through to the Tokyo 2020 event.
She had prior booked the fourth position in the the qualifiers held in Senegal giving her way to the Paris qualifiers which were replaced with an arrangement of the International Olympics Committee Boxing Task Force in which 53 boxing quota places would be qualified basing on their rankings with the best-ranked pugilists per weight category in each region.
Uganda will now rest there hopes in Middleweight Ssemujju who will be in ring against Algerian Nemouchi Younes on Monday and Bwogi on Tuesday 27 July.
According to the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) president Moses Muhangi, the Bombers (National Boxing team) had not got ample time to train.
“It was good work by Nanziri, given that she and all our bombers in Japan last appeared in competitive boxing in March 2020 and have not had enough time to in ring due to the pandemic,” Muhangi noted .
“We have had no friendly games, no advanced training camps and I believe that has cost Nanziri, However, we hope for the best from Ssemujju and Bwogi” he said.
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