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UBF halts preparations for Olympics qualifiers due to fear in Boxing fraternity

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UBF halts preparations for Olympics qualifiers due to fear in Boxing fraternity

DAVID GOMBE

The Uganda Boxing Federation President Moses Muhangi has confirmed that they have put on hold the national trials for Boxers who will take part in Olympic qualifiers in France this year due to the unprecedented situations in Boxing fraternity.

The trials were slated for this month have been put on hold following the brutal murder of the in charge of general duties in the Federation Isaac Ssenyange alias Zebra Mando and the arbitral arrests and abductions of Boxers in the country

Muhangi revealed this during a press briefing held at Kati Kati on Saturday

“We were to hold national trials for boxers who will take part in the Olympic games qualifiers in France during this month but we cannot continue with the process since the boxing fraternity is under fear due to the unprecedented situations.”

This started with the arrests of Justin Juuko, Joey Vegas Lubega, Mudde Ntambi, Robert Mukasa and then the brutal murder of Zebra in the wee hours of Wednesday who has been an active member of the federation.”

Even before all this, Boxers have always been victimized and now many fear to continue with their training due to the ongoing scenarios.” Gyms are closed, our coaches are also scared and we cannot assure ourselves that we are safe as the boxing fraternity.”

Muhangi also thanked the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for the quick intervention in Zebra’s case but continued to demand for justice

“I thank the President for the quick intervention in Zebra’s case since we were asking ourselves a lot of questions but he partially answered them by confirming that the murder was made by security personnel.” We continue to demand for justice from the President since now the killers are known.” Stated Muhangi.

He called upon the Boxers countrywide to remain calm as they await for the President’s investigative report on the brutal death of Zebra

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