Potential boxing medalists Suarez, Barriga out of Singapore SEA Games, Picson explains why

Mark Escarlote on May 26, 2015 04:12 PM
Suarez, Barriga out of SEA Games list, Picson explains why
The fact is, sinabi ng AIBA which is the international boxing association na iba na ang level ni Barriga at ni Suarez --- ABAP executive director Ed Picson

Ed Picson, executive director of the Association Boxing Alliances of the Philippines, explained Tuesday the exclusion of Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga and Charly Suarez in the Singapore Southeast Asian Games.

The ABAP official was pertaining criticisms about not having the two veteran fighters in the team.      

Ten boxers will represent the country in the biennial meet sans two-time gold medal SEA Games winner Suarez, also a silver medalist in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, and 2012 London Olympian Barriga. In the last SEA Games edition held in Myanmar, the PHI squad scored three gold medals courtesy of Barriga, Mario Fernandez and female bet Josie Gabuco.

Picson said that they were just following the International Boxing Associations’ (AIBA) elevation of the two to a higher level of competition.

“Nagugulat nga ako kung bakit there is such a big hullabaloo about Barriga and Suarez not being part of the Southeast Asian Games lineup,” he said during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate.

“The fact is, sinabi ng AIBA which is the international boxing association na iba na ang level ni Barriga at ni Suarez,” he further explained. “Ang lahat ng mga boxers na sinama nila sa AIBA Pro Boxing o APB ay hindi na pwedeng lumahok sa mga sub-continental tournaments tulad ng SEA Games.”

Picson defended that though the two are most likely potential gold medalists, the boxers that will campaign in the biennial meet are also capable of delivering the goods. 

“Admittedly sina Mark Barriga and Charly Suarez are two of our best boxers na kinilala ng AIBA but that is not to say na sila lang ang competent na manalo sa SEA Games,” he said.

According to Picson, he asked AIBA to give consideration and allow Barriga and Suarez to the compete in the Singapore SEA Games but was turned down by the world governing body of the sport.

“Ang AIBA ang nagdesisyon na “Hoy ABAP 'yang dalawa ninyong boxer dito na 'yan sa APB. Huwag na silang sumali sa SEA Games,”” he said. “Inapela ko yan tinanong ko: “Baka pwede naman?” Ang sagot sa akin isang salita lang, “No”. Anong gagawin ko?”

Unfortunately, even if he wanted to and if he is given permission to compete in the SEA Games, Barriga will still be out for three months.

Barriga suffered a right knuckle injury and ligament tear and will undergo surgery, according to Picson.





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