The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) has been working double time to send Olympic hopefuls and qualifiers to a training camp in Thailand in the midst of the pandemic.
ABAP secretary general Ed Picson said if things fall into place, select Filipino boxers including Olympic-bound Irish Magno would train for two months at a facility in Muaklek, a two-hour drive from Bangkok starting in February.
“Our counterparts there are working feverishly to make this happen,” Picson told Manila Bulletin, adding that they got an offer from the Thailand Boxing Federation last November.
He said the original plan was to send the PH squad last December, but they were faced with challenges in working on Thailand’s stringent requirements on travel protocols due to the pandemic.
Despite the delay, both the Thailand and PH boxing associations are teaming up to push through with the camp in time for the Olympic qualifier.
The boxers are only looking at competing in the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in June in Paris, France where three to five slots are at stake depending on the weight division.
The 2021 Tokyo Olympics is scheduled July 23 to Aug 8.
At the moment, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is arranging a training bubble for three combat sports including boxing at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna early this year.
“They (PSC) are targeting Jan. 9 or 10 as the dates for them to be back in Manila from their provinces,” Picson said.