Uganda DanceSport Federation (UDSF) has confirmed two athletes approved by the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) for the forthcoming 2021 World Breaking Championships scheduled to take place in Paris, France between 4th – 5th December at the Theatre du Chatelet.
Two Breaking Boys (B-Boys) in Kayiira Ibrahim and Ndawula Ronald were approved by the World body having secured enough points at the climax of the UDSF Breaking For Gold regional qualifiers held between 18th September – 31st October 2021.
The “Dance Cranes” pair was selected to qualify for the World level basing on their points accumulated from the qualifiers convened across five regions of Luweero, Wakiso, Kampala, Northern Uganda and Westnile.
Both Ndawula (15 points) and Kayiira (13 points) ranked highest according to the UDSF Breaking ranking system from their respective regional associations of Kampala (Kawempe) and Wakiso (Zzana).
According to UDSF General secretary Ssebuyungo Barnabas, the Girls didn’t make the grade for the upcoming trip to Paris having failed to attain the right ranked points needed for this particular championships.
“We expect to be the models of Africa at this level whereby all eyes are going to be on us to see what we shall bring up. But we expect to get points and qualify to the World games that are coming next year in Birmingham, USA from 10th – 17th July,” said Barnabas.
“The team is already prepared and we know very well that we are skilling them into the sport side, we have done ourselves and have secured all the necessary travel documents on time. The competition system is quite stiff but we know that our boys will make it. Being our first time, we expect to identify something new from the African continent,” he added.
The two-man team poised for World DanceSport Championships on Saturday 27th embarked on preps with a residential camp at St Mark’s College Namagoma under the tutelage of certified coaches, Sseremba Dennis and Innocent Amutuhaire.
Uganda and Morocco are the two African countries and first timers confirmed for the global event. South Africa pulled out after being listed among the red zoned nations due to a surge in its COVID-19 cases.
Over 86 countries across the globe (52 from Europe) will participate in the Championship where Uganda will be making it’s maiden appearance.
Ssebuyungo further stressed that the federation will hold the National Championships in January 2022 at Kololo Airstrip where the B-Boys and B-Girls will get qualification points for 2023 Youths Olympic Games in Dakar, Senegal.
Enroute to the games in Dakar, Uganda will make another maiden representation at the DanceSport continental championship in South Africa that will attract all the eight WDSF affiliated nations. Others include Tunisia, Lesotho, Botswana, Cameroon and Zimbabwe.
The travelling contingent of four (two athletes and two officials) will be officially flagged off on Thursday 2nd December. The delegation will have a dinner with the athletes’ parents before departure.
• Ndawula Ronald – Urban DanceSport Club, Kawempe (B-Boy Ndawula)
• Kayiira Ibrahim – Zzana DanceSport Club, Wakiso (B-Boy Pit Power)
• Ssebuyungo Barnabas – Leader of delegation
• Sseremba Denis – Head Technica/ coach