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    Pinoy officials ask IOC to move Boxing Olympic Qualifying over Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

    Jan 22, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    THE Alliance of Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) has made an appeal for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to seriously consider moving the Boxing Olympic Qualifying event to the Philippines in the light of the outbreak of the new coronavirus strain in the Chinese province of Wuhan.

    Picson wrote the IOC about the matter and is fully backed by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) under president Bambol Tolentino.

    ABAP is also requesting the tournament to be moved at a later date if the hosting would be awarded to the country.

    The Asia-Oceania meet is originally slated Feb. 3 to 14, with the Philippine boxing team scheduled to leave on January 31.

    Picson mentioned Subic, Cebu, Palawan and the PICC as possible venues for the qualifier.

    He added the newly renovated Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Ninoy Aquino Stadium, and the Philsports Arena could likewise hold the event.

    The PICC served as the venue of the boxing competitions of the recent 30th Southeast Asian Games.

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    In the letter addressed to the IOC Boxing Task Force and dated January 21, the ABAP stressed its serious concern and the other countries as well on the worsening situation caused by the Coronavirus which, it said, has been causing urgent apprehensions among boxers, officials, and the public at large.

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    “We therefore respectfully urge to take a closer look at the prevailing developments, including reports of human to human transmission, and the possibility of moving the country venue, and perhaps the dates,” part of the letter contained.

    “In this connection, we are also keenly considering hosting the said tournament, should the requirements be feasible. Please let us know.

    “We are certain you are closely monitoring the situation, but we wished to register our official apprehension as other countries have,” the letter added.

    Picson signed the letter along with ABAP president Ricky Vargas.

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