Uganda’s first shot at women’s boxing in Tokyo

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

UGANDA will be making history ahead of their participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with the inclusion of boxer Catherine Nanziri (21) fighting for a gold medal.

Nanziri’s qualification for the summer games will make her the first ever female boxer to represent Uganda in the Olympics competition. 

With an already successful record for Uganda in the male boxing category, the young and budding athlete told Africa News that she has worked impressively hard to reach this point of participation.

“I feel proud of myself because it is a prayer that every sportier could have prayed to go for the Olympic Games and being the chance that I am the first female boxer, it has given me a good profile depending on the sport and the future.” Nanziri said. 

Uganda’s athletes have brought home four Olympic medals from the boxing competitions, contributing the overall total of seven Olympic medals for the Pearl of Africa.

Nanziri made her debut as a professional flyweight boxer at the Africa Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Dakar, qualifying for big matchups and  managing to rank high enough in twelfth place in the world and fourth in Africa. 

“When I am looked at by people they think I can’t box and that’s the weapon I use in the ring and it has been very nice to me because once I enter the ring they say she is dead but once they say box …it is a very tough game and I think I will win.”

For welterweight champion and captain of the national boxing team, Shadir Musa, the hard work of his team shows Uganda’s ability to bring the medals home.

“We have a lot of talent here and into boxing, we are too aggressive and we know we are born talented in that but only that we got some small lacks or something that is lacking in for us to do what we have to do so that we go back to our positions where we used to be, where they used to know us as the best boxers or in the country that produces the best boxers in Africa and all over the world. 

But for me on my side I know that we all have the chances, we three have the chances of doing that again and putting Uganda on the map again.” Musa said.

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