ABAP appeals to AFP: "Give our boxers the green light"

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 21, 2015 05:40 PM
ABAP appeals to AFP:
"I hope they give us due consideration. We canít blame the military. We understand the protocol thatís why we are appealing" --- ABAP executive director Ed Picson

The Association of Boxing of Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) is running out of time forming and preparing its team to next month’s Asian Boxing Confederation elite men’s championship in Bangkok.

“We’re way behind schedule. Gahol na gahol na sa oras (Time is running out),” said ABAP executive director Ed Picson in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate.

Picson said the core of the national boxing team, most of them members of the military, have been recalled by their mother units last June 30.

These boxers, just a few of the 118 military athletes in the national pool, need the detailed service (permits) from the AFP. Without this, they cannot leave their barracks.

There are eight boxers, including gold medalists in the recent Singapore Southeast Asian Games, and eight coaches still waiting for their DS, just over a month before the Asian championships.

The event in Bangkok, scheduled to start Aug. 25, serves as qualifying to the World Championships in Doha Qatar in October, which in turn serves as qualifier to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“Right now we have no team to the Asian championships because we don’t have the chance to evaluate our boxers,” said Picson.

The ABAP official has made an urgent appeal to the AFP to give the boxers and coaches that will form the team to the Asian championships the green light.

“I hope they give us due consideration. We can’t blame the military. We understand the protocol that’s why we are appealing,” he added.

“It takes more than a month to prepare for such tournament. This is as urgent as it can get. We’re hoping they could see it in the manner that we do.”

The Philippines plans to field entries in seven or eight of the 10 categories to be disputed in Bangkok, and since most of the boxers are in their barracks, their hands are tied.

Among the boxers affected by the absence of DS forms from the AFP are Mark Anthony Barriga, Rey Saludar, Wilfredo Lopez, Eumir Felix Marcial, Dennis Galvan, Junel Cantancio, Nico Magliquian, and Mario Fernandez.

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