The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) will send Eumir Marcial to a training camp in the United States as he ramps up his buildup for the Tokyo Olympics.
Marcial, who is currently competing in the Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Dubai, will fly to the United States and continue his Tokyo Games preparation at its Olympic Boxing Training Center in Colorado Springs.
There, Marcial will train with his fellow Olympic qualifiers from the United States and several other countries, said ABAP secretary general Ed Picson.
“On instructions of ABAP president Ricky Vargas, I contacted my counterparts in USA Boxing and they graciously granted our request for Eumir and one ABAP coach to join the camp,” Picson said.
The original plan for Marcial was to fly directly to Thailand, where the national team has been training since March, after the Dubai tilt.
However, that plan fell through as Thailand now requires foreign visitors to present visas due to the pandemic.
Picson said the Thai Boxing Association requested its foreign ministry to facilitate the issuance of visa while Marcial trained in the United States earlier this year.
“Unfortunately, Eumir was unable to pick up his visa while he was in [Los Angeles],” Picson said.
“And when he was in Zamboanga and decided to go to Thailand, his passport arrived late in Manila and the Thai Embassy could no longer entertain his application.”
The ABAP is also working on sending other Olympic qualifiers Nesthy Petecio, Irish Magno, Carlo Paalam, and their coaches to the said camp if USA Boxing agrees. – Rappler.com