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8:04 pm on 27 September 2022, Tuesday
The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) will now enjoy a relatively easier pathway to the Paris Olympics in 2024.
Marcus Manalo, ABAP’s executive director, said that the International Olympic Committee Executive recently announced that the 2023 Asian Games in China had become a qualification system for the Summer Games in France.
“This is like hitting two birds with one stone. We’re preparing for the Asian Games and, at the same time, qualifying for the Olympics,” Manalo told reporters at the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum on Tuesday noon.
“[The boxers’] training and exposures in the coming months will be critical,” he added.
The Philippine boxing delegation bagged two medals during the 2018 edition of the Asiad in Indonesia.
Rogen Ladon tabbed a silver medal, while Carlo Paalam had a bronze. The latter went on to play in the Tokyo Olympic Games and snare a silver.
The National team is girding for the Asian Elite Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan, this October.
After that, the boxing leaders hope to send pugilists to a two-week training camp in Amman.
“We’ve already identified some areas of weakness or where places our athletes can improve and implemented it during training,” said national coach Don Abnett.
“I think some of the results are paying off during training,” he added.