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    All eyes now on lone Olympic boxer Barriga  

    Jun 28, 2012
    Charly Suarez's (left) bid has been turned down and Mark Barriga will carry the fight for the Philippines. Jerome Ascano

    It’s now all in the hands of Mark Anthony Barriga.

    Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (Abap) Executive Director Ed Picson said focus is now all on Barriga to ensure that he will be capable of winning a medal in the London Games after the bid to get Charly Suarez an Olympic ticket was turned down by the tripartite commission.

    “Naturally, we are disappointed,” said Picson.

    The Abap had hoped that Suarez’s silver medal finish in the lightweight division of the  Asian Championships, plus the endorsement of boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, would be considered by the commission composed of members of the International Olympic Committee, the Association of National Olympic Committees and the International Federation (IF).

    In this case, the IF concerned is the International Amateur Boxing Association, which turned down Abap’s request and said it will give slots to countries which have no representation in the event.

    Abap said that it will now ensure that Barriga, the country’s lone boxer in the London Olympics, will be ready.

    “We have a good boxer in Mark Barriga. We will focus on his preparation and see to it that he is as good as he can be when the Olympics come around,” Picson said.

    Barriga, along with his coach Roel Velasco, will leave for London on July 5 to take part in the pre-games training to acclimatize with the overall conditions prior to the Olympics.

    Barriga gained a spot in the light flyweight division when he lost in the round-of-16 and his conqueror Zou Shiming of China went on to win the gold in the Asian Championships. The tournament offered 10 slots to the London Games—the eight quarterfinalists and the two who lost in the round-of-16 to the eventual gold and silver medalists.

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    Charly Suarez's (left) bid has been turned down and Mark Barriga will carry the fight for the Philippines. Jerome Ascano
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