The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) believes that the country will benefit from the cancellation of some qualifying tournaments for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo, Japan
“This might prove to be beneficial to our cause, since some of our boxers are ranked highly among those who have not yet qualified,” ABAP president Ricky Vargas said.
The International Olympic Committee Boxing Task Force (IOCBTF) announced on Monday, February 15, the cancellation of the qualifier in Paris amidst the ongoing 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Olympic boxing qualifiers in London, and Buenos Aires will push through in June, and May, respectively.
Due to the cancellation of a qualification tournament, IOCBTF decided to fill the remaining slots for the Tokyo Olympics with best-ranked who have not yet qualified in their region and weight category.
So far, two Filipino boxers: Eumir Marcial, and Nesthy Petecio have secured their tickets for the Tokyo Olympics, which will open on July 23 and run until August 8.