FROM two beforehand, the nation noticed the variety of boxers who will symbolize the Philippines within the rescheduled Olympic Video games this 12 months develop to 4, one thing the native federation for the game views with a lot significance and is rallying behind.
On Friday, the Worldwide Olympic Committee Boxing Job Pressure (IOC-BTF) communicated to Philippine officers that featherweight Nesthy Petecio and flyweight Carlo Paalam certified for the Olympics on the power of their present world rankings.
The 2 fighters had been angling to make it to the sporting spectacle set for the center of this 12 months within the Paris qualifiers in Might which was canceled by organizers due to ongoing considerations over the coronavirus.
Good factor for Ms. Petecio and Mr. Paalam, they had been in a position to garner sufficient factors to be within the mixture of the highest boxers of their respective divisions because the IOC-BTF moved to contemplate the world rankings for Olympic qualification after the scheduled qualifiers had been scrapped.
Ms. Petecio, a world boxing championship gold medalist in 2019, is presently quantity 5 within the girls’s featherweight rankings whereas Mr. Paalam, a gold medalist within the 30th Southeast Asian Video games, is ranked quantity 12 within the males’s flyweight division.
They moved as much as primary of their respective weight courses for the reason that boxers ranked forward of them have already certified for the Olympics.
The 2 be part of middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial and flyweight Irish Magno in bannering the nation’s Olympic marketing campaign within the sport.
“Allow us to all get collectively and concentrate on the challenges forward not solely of our boxers, however all Filipino athletes. Now, greater than ever, they want us to face firmly behind them,” stated Affiliation of Boxing Alliances within the Philippines (ABAP) President Ricky Vargas in a press release following the qualification of Ms. Petecio and Mr. Paalam.
Thus far, the Philippines has six athletes set to see motion within the Tokyo Video games, together with pole-vaulter EJ Obiena and gymnast Caloy Yulo.
In the meantime, ABAP issued a press release following an emotional publish by Ms. Magno on social media over the delayed launch of their month-to-month allowances from the Philippine Sports activities Fee (PSC).
The ABAP stated the PSC has been a companion in its efforts and must be given the possibility to handle the difficulty.
However for the boxing federation’s finish, it reiterated that “it has not been blind or unresponsive to their (athletes’) monetary troubles.”
It stated it has been making each effort to help all of its boxers and coaches even in the course of the prolonged lockdown interval final 12 months.
“We acknowledge the sacrifices and hardships our athletes and coaches undergo within the wrestle for nationwide pleasure. And for this, we have now all the time seen to it that they’re amply rewarded for his or her achievements and have taken care of their primary wants in vitamin, sports activities psychology, power and conditioning and the very best coaching doable,” the ABAP stated within the assertion.
The PSC, for its half, already answered Ms. Magno’s considerations, saying the company was not remiss on its duties however admitted delays within the processing of the allowances prevented them from being distributed on time.
On a Fb publish on March 18, the PSC stated January allowance of athletes and native coaches of Olympic-bound sports activities have been launched whereas February allowance was being processed.
In the meantime, the sports activities company stated the remainder of the nationwide group will obtain their allowance from February, topic to submission of obligatory paperwork as itemized in notices despatched to nationwide sports activities associations. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo