Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) on Thursday commenced the inaugural National Technical Officers (NTO) certification Coaching Course at Kati Kati restaurant in Lugogo, Kampala.
The coaching course certified by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), the world boxing governing body, will run for five days until next week on Monday.
A total of 35 participants including boxing coaches, federation officials and sports journalists registered for the maiden course facilitated by UBF president Moses Muhangi, a certified AIBA – International Technical Officer as an instructor.
Scoring systems and criteria, electronic score pads, legal blows, target areas, Bouts Reviews, Tie Breakers and the different weight categories were among the topics tackled during the opening session.
Muhangi said the course will upgrade participants’ technical knowledge about Boxing and will provide a ground for contesting on various executive positions in the federation.
“We’ve conducted an NTO certification course, the first of it’s kind ever in Uganda and it’s the best thing to happen to any actor in Boxing which we’ll continue to do as time goes by. This will create a chance of getting the technical know how of Boxing and it’s an opportunity to use it as a ground to contest for executive positions in the federation,” he said.
At the climax, assessment examinations will be conducted which scripts will be forwarded to AIBA for marking. Successful participants with over 80% scores will become recognized UBF NTOs.
Rose Kabwama, Women’s affairs representative at UBF executive committee urged all boxing coaches to upgrade their knowledge about the sport through partaking in such courses which she believes are of great atmost.
“I think this course is really good for us, I’ve been with boxers for some time and I was once a treasurer for former president Rogers Ddungu but we didn’t get such a chance. I’ve really learnt a lot and this will help all of us which I think all coaches should go through this course since there’s a lot of information which is important.”
With the new Covid-19 SOPs l announced by the President in his latest address, UBF signaled readiness to resume activities but in the remote manner with national team trials for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
“As of today, we are doing slots entries and I think if things move on track, we shall have over 120 boxers for 60 bouts by Saturday. They will be eliminated for ten days until we have a single team composed of about 52 boxers who will form the National Champions League candidates,” Muhangi stated.
He added, “From the same number, we shall pick the boxers to represent Uganda in the Commonwealth Games. As a federation we are ready and I think by October 5th we shall be done with the competition.”