Boxing could bring PH first Olympic gold, says boxing exec

Subscribe Now December 16, 2010 at 03:16pm

The Philippines has a very good chance to capture its first Olympic gold medal because there are great boxing talents who could form part of the national pool.

However, Ed Picson, executive director of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (Abap), said this would largely depend on a well-financed national sports development program. “As to the talents, we don’t have a problem about that since we have plenty of them. What we’re lacking is the resources, the finances,” he said.

Picson said the talents need to be fed well so they can concentrate on their training.

“How can we train our athletes, our boxers for example, if they were not well-fed, their concerns were not being addressed?” he asked.

Picson cited at least two countries which have invested heavily on their sports development program.

He said that China and Kazakhstan were not into boxing about a decade ago but are now slowly emerging as the sport’s powerhouses in various international tournaments.

“The governments of these countries have resources infused into their sports development program,” he said on Wednesday during the culmination of the week-long 2nd Mindanao Amateur Boxing Tournament organized by the Barangay Una boxing program of former Representative Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. of Davao del Norte.

Picson said that while there was a glaring need for a well-funded program, the government was lukewarm to Abap’s roadmap to the 2012 Olympics.

He said the Philippine Sports Commission even withdrew its financial support to nine out of the national pool’s 36 boxers, without even consulting Abap or advancing a reason for doing so.

Picson said he has communicated with the office of PSC chief Ricardo Garcia “but the official was somehow very busy.”


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