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One million shillings for Boxing gold

11 Mar 06 00:21

Uganda's Martin Mubiru, on the receiving end during the Manchester Games. 

Uganda's Martin Mubiru, on the receiving end during the Manchester Games.

Former Commonwealth Games Boxing champion, Godfrey Nyakana, has offered his compatriots a reward of one million Ugandan shillings for gold medal success at the Games.

Nyakana won Lightweight gold at the 1990 Auckland Games, and is keen to see his country's strong Boxing tradition continue in Melbourne.

“There is need for motivation if results are to be attained,” Nyakana declared.

Along with the one million shilling (AUD$750) bounty for gold, Nyakana has offered silver medallists 500,000 and bronze winners 250,000 shillings.

“I have four million shillings set aside, just in case the entire Uganda team strikes gold,” he said.

“We have a talented side. I am therefore confident that a big portion if not all the cash prizes will be won."

Boxing gold has eluded Uganda since Nyakana's Auckland victory - with a solitary bronze medal in Kuala Lumpur followed by dual-silver in 2002, in the Light Heavyweight and Light Welterweight divisions.

The Ugandan squad for Melbourne includes Martin Mubiru (Flyweight), Atanus Mugerwa (Bantamweight), Sharif Bogere (Featherweight) and Edward Akora (Light Welterweight).

The Boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games will take place from 17 – 23 March at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, with the medal bouts taking place on 25 March.

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