Given the deadly coronavirus threat to Filipino boxers and other nations betting in Asia-Oceania to be held next month in Wuhan, China, the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) proposed the idea that To host the Olympic qualifying games scheduled for February
The President of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino, readily supported the local amateur boxing association's proposal and brought it up to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
"Until the World Health Organization (WHO) has given its definitive commitment, we strongly recommend that the IOC take further steps to reduce the possibility of incidents that could arise from the situation," said Tolentino.
"We also support Abap's proposal to transfer the tournament to the Philippines. The POC will endeavor to help in every possible way," added Tolentino.
Wuhan is the center of the epidemic that infected at least 200 Chinese who have traveled to the region.
The virus has also reached Japan, Thailand and South Korea. After a visit to Wuhan, four people were hospitalized.
With the increasing number of cases, the WHO announced plans to consider declaring an international health emergency due to the outbreak.
Eight boxers have to try their luck in qualifying for Asia-Oceania to find berths for the Tokyo Olympics.
"The outbreak of a mysterious coronavirus strain is alarming and we appeal to the IOC to seriously consider relocating the host city and the dates of the tournament," said Tolentino.
"The risk of possible contamination is very risky and we cannot afford to expose not only our delegation but also others," added Tolentino.
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