Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) President Ricky Vargas has shared his part of thoughts that postponement of Tokyo Olympics will be a disappointment especially to the players batting for a stint.

/ 23 February 2021

Kawawa naman yung mga atleta natin who qualified. This has also been their dream. You’re like stealing away what they worked hard for, stealing away a part of them by not allowing the Olympics to push through,” said Vargas. 

Moreover, Vargas affirmed that the said competition has been the very goal of every athlete who is working and training hard the past two years and much more the past month despite the COVID-19 pandemic just to be able to compete.

He also added that calling off the Olympic set to happen from July 23 to August 8 would mean depriving the athletes of the honor and glory.

“It would be a big disappointment if it would not,” he propounded.

Nonetheless, the safety and welfare of athletes should remain the primary concern as Vargas expressed.

However, Vargas still believed that this is now the perfect time for the Filipino athletes to compete where four Filipinos have qualified in the Olympics—EJ Obiena, Carlos Yulo, Eumir Marcial, and Irish Magno.

“So we wholeheartedly want the Tokyo Olympics to happen in July,” he said.

“Never in our history in sports that we have these many athletes (qualifying). Kelan pa mababalik yung ganito na we have the chance to send as many athletes?…So I myself would really want this to push though,” Vargas concluded.