Two additional Ugandan boxers in Kavuma David Semujju and Cathrine Nanziri have earned spots in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The two boxers qualify for Olympic Games by virtual of their improved rankings in their respective weight categories.
A statement signed by Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) General secretary Beatrice Ayikoru confirmed the development on Friday.
“I write this letter to inform you that two boxing athletes have qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics through the Boxing Task Force Rankings. The athletes are Ms. Cathrine Nanziri in the Women fly (48kg – 51kg) and Mr Kavuma David Semujju in the men, middle (69-75kg).”
“We duly accepted the quota places in order for them to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. You are therefore expected to inform the athletes and plan for their training accordingly,” read the statement.
Last year, four Ugandan boxers were destined to participate in the second qualification round in Paris, France to book berth in the Olympics but the event was cancelled following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the first qualification round in Senegal- Dakar, Nanziri was ranked 12th worldwide and 4th on the continent in the Women’s Flyweight category (51kg) having lost to Christine Ongare (Kenyan).
In the Men’s 75kg, Joseph Ssemujju who ranks second on the continent had lost to Taye Ntsengue (Cameroon). The additional boxers now join Shadir Musa Bwogi who directly qualified for the Games through the African Boxing Championships in February last year.
Shadir Musa Bwogi qualified for the Olympics after defeating Ghana’s Jesse Lartey in the Welterweight Box-off on the last day of the championship held in Senegal.