The trio Fazil Juma Kaggwa (light flyweight), Rogers Ssemitala (bantam weight) and Hassan Abdu Asuni (light weight) all did not go past the first hurdle and this has sparked concerns that the country boxers will not qualify for 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Brazil.
Out of the seven pugilists that represented the country at the Congo Brazzaville Games only Kennedy Katende clinched a bronze medal.
UBF spokesperson, Fred Kavuma reportedly attributed the poor performance of the country’s pugilists to poor preparations due delayed financial and logistical support.
He said though the country’s President, Yoweri Museveni came with last minute Shs100 million bailout at this stage the boxers morale was already low because they had given up on the trip.
The team delegation had to rush things up to beat weighing-in deadline that Kaggwa was one kilogramme above his mandatory 49kg weight limit.
“Obviously Kaggwa had less than two hours to make the weight after getting off the plane,” Kavuma told the country’s online Observer.
Super heavy weight, Mike Sekabembe, the 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist pulled out of the Doha camp to instead fight for his employers Uganda defence Forces (UPDF) in the World Military Games.
According to the Observer had Sekabembe made the trip to Doha the country would have something to smile about because he had already been given a bye in his category.
“I think he had missed a very good chance [to qualify for Olympic Games] because he just needed to win at least two bouts in Doha,”said Kavuma.