Philippine sports

ABAP, PSC address Magno, Marcial underfunding allegations

JR Isaga

CAMPAIGN WOES. Eumir Marcial back the claims of fellow elite boxer Irish Magno.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

The PSC assures disgruntled national athletes, including Olympians Irish Magno and Eumir Marcial, that they’ll soon receive their allowance

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) have broken their silence regarding allowance delays alleged by boxing Olympians Irish Magno and Eumir Marcial.

ABAP released a statement on Friday, March 19, as an attempt to clarify that they “have not been blind or unresponsive to their financial troubles.”

“A week before Irish’s post, we indeed extended financial assistance to all our boxers and coaches. Even during the lengthy lockdown period last year, ABAP also provided cash assistance to all our boxers and coaches as far as our own finances would allow,” the statement read.

As for the PSC, they tweeted out last Thursday, March 18, that “January allowance of athletes and local coaches of Olympic-bound sports have been released. February allowance is being processed.”

“The rest of the national team will receive their allowance from February, subject to submission of necessary documents as itemized in the notice sent to your NSAs,” read PSC’s follow-up tweet.

Magno first hit the headlines after airing out her grievances regarding allowance delays in a now-deleted Facebook post. Marcial then backed her up and her claims, and even alleged that Magno was just forced to delete her initial post.

Marcial and Magno have been training for over a year ever since qualifying for the Olympics last March 2020. They have been recently joined by newly-minted Olympians Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam after qualifying by virtue of their rankings.

“We acknowledge the sacrifices and hardships our athletes and coaches go through in the struggle for national pride,” the ABAP statement continued.

“And for this, we have always seen to it that they are amply rewarded for their achievements and have taken care of their basic needs in nutrition, sports psychology, strength and conditioning and the best possible training possible.

“We also acknowledge that the PSC has been a partner in these efforts.” – Rappler.com