May 5, 2014 (ISN) – An urgent appeal for funds has been launched by the Ugandan Boxing Federation (UBF) to support its fighters ahead of the upcoming Africa Youth Games and the Commonwealth Games.
The plea was made by the UBF’s public relations officer Fred Kavuma at one of the team’s training sessions in Lugogo, near capital city Kampala.
“We call upon support in terms of finance, logistics, food, water and training kits,” said Kavuma.
“We welcome any kind of sponsorship from Government, companies, individuals like ex-national boxers and well wishers to enable us adequately prepare our boxers for upcoming major international events.”
Uganda is planning to send 15 boxers to each of the upcoming tournaments.
More than 100 boxers have taken part in trials with Ugandan boxing head coach Dick Katende set to name the squads for both Games shortly.
The second edition of the Africa Youth Games is due to place in Gaborone, Botswana, from May 22 to 31.
The inaugural event was held in Rabat, Morocco, in 2010.
The Commonwealth Games is due to take place in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3 and will see the boxing competition being held in the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) with the finals taking place in the SSE Hydro.
Male boxers will compete across 10 weight divisions, while female boxers will compete for Commonwealth Games gold for the first time in the flyweight, lightweight and middleweight divisions.
Uganda first took part in the Commonwealth Games at Vancouver 1954 – when its official title was the British Empire and Commonwealth Games – and has competed at every event since, apart from Edmonton 1978 and Edinburgh 1986.
Boxing has been by far its most successful sport at the Games accounting for 31 of 44 medals in total including eight gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze.
The Ugandan team preparations for Glasgow 2014 have already been hit by a sex scandal involving an athletics coach who is alleged to have abused female runners with some members of the team threatening to boycott the Games if the coach is not removed.
Meanwhile, there is also controversy surrounding the Scottish Government’s decision to allow members of the Ugandan Government to attend the Games in Glasgow despite the country passing a law banning homosexuality.