Bombers too much for cash-strapped UBF

KAMPALA

All is not well with the Bombers squad preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland next month.

When Sunday Monitor visited the Lugogo complex, the training arena was empty. The team reportedly stoppped training two weeks ago because Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) had ran short of funds to facilitate preparations.

Most of the boxers are now training with their respective clubs but none has been told why the national training session were halted. “We also expressed our dissatisfaction towards the conditions in the camp,” said one Bomber, who requested his identity be concealed. “We were always being fed with small portions of posho and beans like prisoners, yet the food itself was not enough.”

While those among the team are cursing the condition, those who were eliminated are also crying foul. “I do not know the criteria they (UBF) used to select the team,” said one of the dropped pugilists. “I am the best in my weight but they preferred a loser.”

Moreso, nearly all scheduled activities on the UBF calendar have been rescheduled or completely abandoned.

Fred Kavuma, the UBF publicist, concedes the trend has severely hindered the team progress but squarely blames it on lack of funds. “We had to pay affiliation fees to the AIBA including the last three years we are owed. So our hands were tied that is why we had to suspend the team’s training.”

Kavuma added that the Uganda Olympics Federation (UOC) has not given them any money “so we have to dig into our pockets to run the federation”.

assemugabi@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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