ABAP closely monitoring pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan ahead of Olympic qualifier

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) is closely monitoring the situation in Wuhan, China following an outbreak of pneumonia just weeks ahead of the Asia and Oceania boxing qualifier for this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Ed Picson, secretary-general of ABAP, said those from the host city and the participating countries are keeping their fingers crossed before the event is held Feb. 3 to 14. Picson told the PSA Forum at Amelie Hotel Manila on Tuesday that apprehensions remain despite a letter they received on Monday from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Boxing Task Force, saying, “no travel restrictions and extra measures are needed.” The IOC letter also said that the World Health Organization (WHO) has outlined that “China has strong public health capacities and resources to respond and manage respiratory disease outbreaks,” and that the WHO does not recommend measures for travelers to Wuhan, which is 1,152 kms north of Beijing. Picson said a couple of countries have expressed willingness to take over the hosting of the Olympic qualifier, including Thailand and even the Philippines, which recently hosted the 30th Southeast Asian Games. “With our recent hosting of the SEA Games, we have the mechanics in place,” said Picson. However, he doubted if China would give up the hosting since it has other venues nationwide that can stage the multi-nation event. Chinese authorities have ruled out any relation to the deadly SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and MERS and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to the new type of coronavirus that has struck Wuhan, as well as human-to-human contact as a way of transmitting the disease. If the event pushes through in Wuhan, Picson said the Philippine delegation would still take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of its boxers and officials. Picson said ABAP would field as many as eight boxers to the Asia and Oceania qualifiers, including five male and three female boxers, most of them gold medal winners in the recent SEA Games. They include entries in the men’s 52 kg, 57 kg, 63 kg, 69 kg and 75 kg divisions, and the 51 kg, 57 kg and 69 kg in the women’s side. Picson said the Asia and Oceania qualifiers is the best way for Filipino boxers to qualify to this year’s Olympics because of the number of slots being offered. In the men’s 52 kg, 57 kg and 63 kg and women’s 51 kg, six slots are at stake, including the four semifinalists and the two boxers that will lose to the eventual gold and silver medalists. The rest of the divisions will offer five slots to Tokyo. For those who fail in Wuhan and the three other continental qualifiers (the Africas, Americas and Europe), the World qualifying tournament in Paris in May will be their last chance.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 14th, 2020

ABAP closely monitoring Wuhan situation

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines is closely monitoring the situation in Wuhan, China following an outbreak of pneumonia just weeks ahead of the Asia and Oceania boxing qualifier for this year’s Tokyo Olympics......»»

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Boxing body monitoring Wuhan ahead of qualifier

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines is closely monitoring the situation in Wuhan, China following an outbreak of pneumonia just weeks ahead of the Asia and Oceania boxing qualifier for this year’s Tokyo Olympics......»»

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Boxing Olympic qualifiers in Wuhan cancelled as PH offers hosting

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines offered to host an Olympic boxing qualifying tournament as China cancelled events in a city that's at the center of a virus outbreak. The Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) has written a letter to the IOC-BTF requesting that the Olympic qualifier be transferred to ........»»

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Philippines wants Olympic boxing qualifier moved due to pneumonia scare in China province

The Philippine Olympic Committee on Wednesday showed full support to the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines’ plea to move the Asia and Oceana boxing qualifier for this year’s Tokyo Olympics from February 3-14 in Wuhan, China to another venue or date due to the deadly pneumonia outbreak in the capital of Hubei province......»»

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ABAP urges Wuhan to give up hosting

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines is hoping China reconsiders its decision to host the Asia and Oceana boxing qualifier for this year’s Tokyo Olympics from Feb. 3 to 14 in Wuhan despite the deadly pneumonia outbreak in the capital of Hubei province......»»

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DFA to Pinoys in China: Take precautions vs deadly virus

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advised Filipinos in China, especially in Wuhan, to take necessary precautions against the deadly novel coronavirus. The DFA, through its Embassy and Consulates General in China, is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak in China and urged Filipinos to follow the advice of local health authorities on how prevent contracting the disease. […].....»»

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ABAP ready to hostnixed Wuhan event

With the Asia and Oceania Olympic boxing qualifier in Wuhan, China already cancelled due to health issue, the Association of the Boxing Alliances in the Philippines has reiterated its offer to the International Olympic Committee boxing task force to host the event......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2020

Mga PH boxer sasabak kahit may virus outbreak sa China

HINDI natatakot ang mga miyembrong boxer ng Association of Boxing Alliances in the Phi­lippines (ABAP) na dumayo sa pinangangambahang lugar dahil sa pneumonia outbreak na Wuhan, China sa pagnanais na masungkit ang pinakamaraming silya sa nalalapit na 2020 Olympics na gaganapin sa Tokyo, Japan......»»

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Entry of travelers from China closely monitored after ‘mysterious’ virus outbreak

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 January) — Authorities here are closely monitoring travelers from China who are entering Davao City, following an outbreak of a pneumonia-like disease caused by a “mysterious” virus that originated from a seafood market in Wunan City, Department of Health (DOH) assistant secretary Abdullah Dumama said on Tuesday. In a press […].....»»

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ABAP backs Marcial all the way

There’s no turning back Olympic middleweight boxing qualifier Eumir Marcial from pursuing his dream of hitting paydirt in the Tokyo Games next year and ABAP secretary-general Ed Picson said yesterday the National Sports Association will continue to support the quest for gold unconditionally......»»

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Marcial close to signing deal

Olympic middleweight boxing qualifier Eumir Marcial will meet with ABAP president Ricky Vargas and secretary-general Ed Picson next week, hoping to conclude a protracted negotiation for a pro contract......»»

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Marcial’s priority is Olympic quest

There’s no doubt in Olympic middleweight boxing qualifier Eumir Marcial’s mind that his priority is representing the country in the Tokyo Games next year and his commitment to ABAP to go for gold is as strong as ever......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2020

Eumir to stay amateur for Olympics

ABAP president Ricky Vargas said yesterday he spoke with New York boxing manager Shelly Finkel in a one-hour video conference call to lay down the conditions of a possible engagement in handling Olympic middleweight qualifier Eumir Marcial’s career......»»

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Why Manny for Eumir

Olympic middleweight boxing qualifier Eumir Marcial is seriously considering to turn pro before the Tokyo Games but promised not to stray from his goal of capturing a gold medal and won’t decide until meeting face-to-face with ABAP chairman Ricky Vargas and secretary-general Ed Picson......»»

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Vargas to Marcial: Consider best for Tokyo dream

Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines president Ricky Vargas yesterday said he expects Olympic qualifier Eumir Felix Marcial not to rush a decision on lucrative offers to turn pro ahead of the Tokyo Games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

Finkel open to confer with ABAP

New York boxing manager Shelly Finkel yesterday admitted he’s been in contact with Eumir Marcial about the future and if only to assure ABAP he has the best interest in mind for the Olympic middleweight qualifier, he’s ready to explain what his plans are......»»

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Marcial likes Charly’s chances

Olympic middleweight boxing qualifier Eumir Marcial expects at least four more fighters from the ABAP pool to make it to the postponed Tokyo Games next year and recently singled out Charly Suarez as a top bet in the featherweight division if he decides to join the battle for remaining tickets......»»

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Colombia lockdown puts Hidilyn Diaz s Olympics return on the line

MANILA, Philippines – Hidilyn Diaz  won't get to complete the required 6 Olympic qualifying events as Colombia, the host of the next weightlifting qualifiers, issued a travel ban on Asians and Europeans amid the coronavirus outbreak.  Diaz was slated to compete in the Tokyo 2020 qualifier in Cali, Colombia but the ........»»

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A look at the status of Olympic qualifying events

By The Associated Press As the IOC attempts to keep the 2020 Olympics on schedule, many of the events that determine who would compete in Tokyo have been postponed or canceled. Here is the status of U.S. or world qualifying in many of the Olympic disciplines: ATHLETICS The U.S. Olympic track and field trials are still scheduled for June 19-28 in Eugene, Oregon. Other countries use a variety of methods, including trials, world rankings, and appointment based on results. BASEBALL Four countries — Israel, Mexico, South Korea and host Japan — are in the six-team field. The final two spots are to be determined by tournaments that were postponed: An Americas qualifier in Arizona has been indefinitely postponed, and a last-chance qualifying tournament in Taiwan slated for April is now scheduled for June 17-21. BASKETBALL Men: Eight teams, including the United States, have already qualified. The remaining spots in the 12-nation field will be determined in four winner-take-all, six-team tournaments scheduled from June 23-28 in Serbia, Canada, Croatia and Lithuania. Women: The 12-team field was filled in February with four tournaments. Although defending world champion United States and the host Japanese were already guaranteed spots, both finished in position to qualify anyway. 3x3: FIBA has postponed the qualifying tournament scheduled for March 18-22 in India. A second qualifying tournament scheduled for April in Hungary is in limbo. Four women’s teams and four men’s teams have already qualified for the eight-country fields. BEACH VOLLEYBALL Most Olympic spots are earned over a two-year points race on the international tour. At least three of the final 10 events have been canceled or postponed, and the final event is scheduled for Rome on June 9-14. BOXING Two of the four regional Olympic qualification tournaments have already taken place, and the third for European fighters began Saturday in London. The Americas qualifier scheduled for March 26 in Buenos Aires has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, and organizers haven’t set a plan for the final steps in qualification, including the last-chance World Olympic Qualifying Tournament scheduled for May 13 in Paris. CYCLING The selection criteria is different for each discipline: BMX freestyle and racing, mountain biking, track cycling, and the road race and time trials. Each discipline has a series of automatic qualification standards, and a committee will choose athletes to fill out the U.S. team. The world championships May 30-31 in Houston is crucial for BMX, and at this point is still scheduled. The last Olympic qualification event in freestyle BMX, the World Series in Hiroshima April 3-5, has been postponed. Final rosters for each discipline are announced in June. DIVING Dozens of divers have already qualified based on their performances at last summer's world championships or other major meets over the last eight months. The last big qualifier is the Diving World Cup, set for the new Olympic aquatics venue in Tokyo on April 21-26; FINA is still considering whether to proceed. U.S. divers also must get through the national trials in Indianapolis on June 13-21 to confirm their Olympic spots. No decision has been announced on the Canadian trials scheduled for March 30-April 5 in Toronto. EQUESTRIAN All of the equestrian qualifying events have been completed in every discipline. None of the events was affected by the virus. FENCING Qualification was to be based on rankings set to be released on April 4, with some additional slots to be determined in zonal events from April 15-26. But the International Fencing Federation suspended all international competitions for 30 days, delaying five major competitions that must be completed before zonal qualifying. The FIE is requesting an extension of the qualification period. FIELD HOCKEY Tournaments to fill the 12-team men's and women's fields were completed in 2019. Ten countries qualified for both: Australia, Argentina, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, the Netherlands and Britain. GOLF Sixty golfers are determined by the world rankings, two per country with a maximum of four if they are among the top 15. The PGA Tour and European Tour, which offer the most ranking points, have canceled or postponed all events at least through April 12. GYMNASTICS The team fields for both men’s and women’s gymnastics were set at last year's world championships. The remaining individual all-around and single apparatus spots are determined at World Cup events. The International Gymnastics Federation has cancelled an all-around World Cup event in Germany and postponed an apparatus World Cup event in Qatar from March until early June. HANDBALL The International Handball Federation has postponed the final qualifying tournaments until June. The host nations were Spain, Hungary and Montenegro for the women and Norway, France and Germany for the men. Six of 12 spots remain open for each field. JUDO The International Judo Federation has canceled all Olympic qualifiers through April 30, including a Grand Slam and two Grand Prix. Another Grand Prix last weekend, in Morocco, was canceled earlier. Qualifying ends on May 25. ROWING World Rowing has canceled a European Olympic qualifying regatta that was scheduled for April 27-29 in Varese, Italy, and relocation is being considered. US Rowing said Olympic trials in Sarasota, Florida, from March 16-21 and April 13-18 have been postponed and the organization will not hold a national team event for at least 30 days. SAILING Many spots in the 10 classes have been clinched. An Asian Olympic qualifier in Abu Dhabi has been postponed until mid-April, and a World Cup Series regatta in Genoa, Italy, that would have been a qualifier for African, Asian and European countries, has been canceled. The IOC has granted World Sailing an extension of the qualification period to June 30. SOCCER Men: Fourteen of 16 teams have already qualified. The tournament to produce the two teams from the North and Central American and Caribbean region was scheduled for March 20 to April 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico, but was indefinitely postponed. Women: Ten of 12 teams have already qualified, including the reigning World Cup champion United States. China and South Korea were scheduled to play in a two-legged playoff that has been pushed back to early June. Cameroon is set to play Chile in a two-legged playoff in early April but no announcement on those matches has been made. SOFTBALL The field for the six-nation competition was set in four qualifying tournaments in 2018 and 2019. SWIMMING Most Olympic berths will be determined at national trials. The U.S. meet is scheduled for Omaha, Nebraska, on June 21-28; Australia's is scheduled for June 14-19 in Adelaide; Japan's national championship is in Tokyo on April 1-8. The final two events on the TYR Pro Swim Series, a big part of pre-Olympic training, are scheduled for April 16-19 in Mission Viejo, California, and May 6-9 in Indianapolis. TABLE TENNIS The U.S. already wrapped up qualifying, with three men and three women earning spots in Tokyo. Qualifying elsewhere was still in progress and scheduled to continue through May. But the International Table Tennis Federation suspended all activities until the end of April and recommended that continental associations follow that decision. An emergency meeting of the ITTF executive committee is scheduled for Monday. TENNIS The International Tennis Federation says Olympic eligibility still will be based on the WTA and ATP rankings of June 8, even though more than a month of the tours' schedules in March and April have been scrapped. Requirements related to minimum participation in Fed Cup or Davis Cup remain in place — as does an appeal process for players who do not meet those standards. VOLLEYBALL The qualification was completed in January with the 12 teams for both the men’s and women’s competitions already set. WATER POLO Men's and women's qualification tournaments scheduled for this month have been postponed until May. At stake are the final three spots for the 12-team men's field and the last two openings in the 10-team women's competition. The U.S. men and women have already qualified. WEIGHTLIFTING Spots are decided by the world ranking. The continental championships next month were meant to be the last gold-level events offering extra qualifying points. However, the European, Asian and African championships have all been postponed along with another gold-level event, junior worlds. WRESTLING The U.S. trials that had been scheduled for April 4-5 in State College, Pennsylvania, have been postponed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: Volleyball tournament to continue as scheduled

Action in the UAAP Season 82 volleyball will continue as scheduled. League Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag announced on Sunday that UAAP high school basketball events on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan will be played behind closed door in light of the recent development of the novel corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country. However, Saguisag cleared that the announcement is limited only to the boys’ and girls’ Finals Game 2. The other ongoing sports including the centerpiece volleyball will continue to be played as scheduled with games open for live audience.        “As we speak tuloy tayo,” said Saguisag. “But again I don’t want to be misquoted again kasi talagang things develop hindi nga by the day eh, by the second new things are coming out.” “We just have to respond, sadly, its unprecedented. We don’t even know how this virus really behaves. We just have to act accordingly,” he added. Saguisag continued that the UAAP is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will just wait for the official announcement from the government to decide on their further action. On Saturday, the Department of Health has raised COVID-19 alert to Code Red and has recommended to the President the declaration on public health emergency.   “’Pag nag-declare naman ang national government may force majeure, what can we do? We cannot disobey the orders of the President,” he said. “So if they declare it bukas agad without yung enough due consultation, which they don’t need to do because of the code red, we have to follow. Gobyerno na yan eh, especially, national government.” Again, Saguisag stressed that they are taking the situation day-to-day. “Ang akin naman ‘wag nating pangunahan. For all we know, baka naman sabihin we just have to observe the following precautionary measures, baka naman matuloy,” said Saguisag. “So as we speak tuloy. That’s why the announcement was limited to tomorrow’s event.” The UAAP last month suspended its sporting events that pushed the opening of volleyball from February 15 to March 3.     Show your school spirit. Get official UAAP university licensed merchandise from    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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