MANILA, Philippines - Two crack Filipino fighters who are virtual shoo-ins for medals at the Southeast Asian Games won’t be able to join the Singapore competitions this year as Mark Anthony Barriga and Charly Suarez are mandated by AIBA to participate in the Olympic qualifiers through the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) program that gathers the top contenders in 10 divisions to determine world champions from lightflyweight to superheavyweight.
ABAP executive director Ed Picson said yesterday his hands are tied because of the AIBA ruling but guaranteed the absence of Barriga and Suarez won’t hamper the country’s drive for medals in Singapore. The APB begins its inaugural season in different venues next month. Barriga is ranked No. 3 in the lightflyweight division by AIBA and will participate in the APB which starts action in the 46-49 kilogram category in China. Suarez is ranked No. 3 in the lightweight class which begins hostilities in Kazakhstan. The top 8 in each division are seeded to compete in the APB where each fighter is assured of four bouts a season with a minimum purse of $3,000 per outing.
The top two placers of each division in the APB will receive automatic tickets to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Fights are scheduled from six to eight to 10 and for world championship bouts, to 12 rounds. Fighters wear no headgear and singlets. AIBA will give 20 percent of the gross purses of fighters to their national federation over and above what they take home. In the case of Barriga and Suarez, the ABAP is the national federation that will receive the windfall from AIBA.
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Olympic Committee has approved 400 Filipino athletes in 33 sports for the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
Chief of mission Julian Camacho said Monday a large fraction of the participation would come from team sports as Team Philippines aims to surpass its seventh-place performance in the Burma (Myanmar) 2013 meet.
Camacho, who also sits as treasurer of the POC, said they’ve allocated 12 slots for women’s volleyball, which is still on hold as top officials in the sport try to settle their differences.
A total of 275 athletes from 29 sports has been approved by the Philippine selection committee for the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, Philippine chief of mission Julian Camacho announced yesterday.
Camacho said the selection committee composed of Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission officials are still waiting for equestrian, fencing, squash and volleyball to finalize their lineups.
With this development, Camacho said the size of the national delegation may be known earlier than the targeted deadline of submission of the names of the athletes in April.
THE PHILIPPINE Volleyball Federation is clinging to faint hope that the Philippine Olympic Committee would still send their national teams, made up of the sport’s biggest stars, to the Southeast Asian Games.
Stripped of recognition by the POC after a leadership crisis hit its federation, the PVF, though secretary general Otie Camangian yesterday told the Inquirer that the men’s and women’s teams are continuously training for the SEA Games in June in Singapore.
“We’ve been reaching out to them to seek clarification,” said Camangian. “We still respect POC as our sports institution despite what’s happening now. We do believe we are doing our best on our side to settle the issues and problems and our wish is for everybody to sit down and talk.”
MANILA, Philippines - Billiards ace Rubilen Amit will seek to continue her medal-winning streak in the Southeast Asian Games when she spearheads the Philippine women’s pool team that will gun for glory in the 2015 edition in Singapore.
Amit, the first Filipina to win the world title, has been consistently landing in the podium in the biennial meet since her debut in 2005, capturing the gold five times already and snaring two silvers and the same number of bronzes.
She had missed the gold only once in five editions, placing second to compatriot Iris Rañola in the 9-ball singles finals in 2011 in Palembang, Indonesia.
Philippine badminton hopes to end its medal drought through the men’s doubles tandem of Paul Jefferson Vivas and Peter Gabriel Magnaye in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore this June.
Vivas and Magnaye, the country’s top bets in the event, recently pocketed the men’s doubles title of the Swiss International Badminton Championship 2014 in Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland, and will be strong medal contenders according to Indonesian head coach Paulus Firman.
“Judging from that victory, I think our men’s doubles has a chance (to win a medal) in the SEA Games,” said Firman.
ANILA -- Chef-de-mission Julian Camacho has set a target mark of at least 45 gold medals for the Philippine contingent to the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore
Camacho said that Team Philippines aims to surpass the dismal seventh place finish, the country’s lowest in SEA Games history, two years ago in Myanmar where the Filipino athletes hauled 29 gold, 34 silver and 37 bronze medals.
“We’re not really putting out a prediction but for sure we will do better than the Myanmar SEA Games,” Camacho said during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate.