PETECIO, PAALAM TO BRING FILIPINO PRIDE AFTER QUALIFYING FOR TOKYO OLYMPICS
Filipino boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam qualified for Tokyo Olympics by virtue of ranking after the confirmation of the International Olympic Committee Boxing Task Force (IOC-BTF) sent to the Tokyo Olympics.
Classifying Petecio and Paalam as “highest standing” in their respective classes, women’s featherweight and men’s flyweight. They will join Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno in the Olympiad in July in Tokyo.
The four Filipino pride, Marcial, Magno, Petecio, and Paalam will campaign under the men’s middleweight class (75 kg), women’s flyweight (52 kg), women’s featherweight (57 kg), and men’s flyweight class (52kg), respectively.
While Petecio shared to CNN Philippines her delight to represent the country and also thanked her coaches.
“I’m so grateful and blessed upon receiving this news. My coaches Nolito Velasco and Reynaldo Galido informed and congratulated me,” she averred.
In addition, ABAP President Ricky Vargas averred his happiness with the new development of the Filipino boxers who are set to bring pride to the Philippines and represent the flag in the Summer Games.
“Let us all get together and focus on the challenges ahead not only of our boxers but all Filipino athletes. Now, more than ever, they need us to stand firmly behind them,” Vargas propounded.
With months left until the Olympics, a tally of six Filipino pride including pole vaulter EJ Obiena and gymnast Carlos Yulo are set to raise the Philippine flag.
The Tokyo Olympics is set to see action in July until August 2021.