The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) may not have acquired the rights to host a crucial Olympic qualifying tournament, but its primary sponsor remains fully committed to supporting the "national team's pursuit of fame among the Olympic Games ". Telecommunications tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan expressed his "disappointment" that the Olympic qualification tournament originally planned in Wuhan, China was relocated to Amman, Jordan, despite the country's offer to host the event.
"We were ready to fully support the hosting and would have mobilized all available resources for this purpose," said Pangilinan in a statement. "But there will be other options and we remain determined to support our boxing program with the same enthusiasm that we have shown over the past decade."
"Since I signed up with Abap President Ricky Vargas and General Secretary Ed Picson when we first decided to submit an offer for qualification for Asia-Oceania, we will see our boxers' ambition at the Olympics continue to support, "said Pangilinan added.
The Philippines had initially expressed concerns about the tournament's original schedule, which was scheduled for early next month in Wuhan. They claimed that the Chinese city is the ground zero of the current outbreak of the corona virus. The potential health risk also prompted Abap to offer the country's services as a tournament organizer through Picson.
In a letter signed by Morinari Watanabe, chairman of the Boxing Task Force of the International Olympic Committee (IOC-BTF), Abap was informed that Jordan had won the transferred hosting rights, decided on the proposal of the National Olympic Committee of Jordan to approve, ”Watanabe said in his letter.
The BTF is currently conducting boxing affairs for the Olympic Games after the IOC has suspended the controversial international boxing association Aiba from its list.
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