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11 March 2013

Asian Youth boxing tourney starts in Subic

Malaysia and three other teams–Pakistan, Syria, and Singapore–withdrew at the last minute but the Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championship will start as scheduled Monday at the Subic gym here.

After the competitors are weighed at the Subic International Hotel, the draw will be held at 10 a.m., with the first set of preliminaries starting at 2 p.m. and the second batch beginning at 7 p.m.

“It’s all systems go,” said ABAP president Ricky Vargas. “This is the culmination of ABAP’s resolve to put together a regional tournament of this magnitude.”

Representing the Philippines in the event ending on March 17 are James Palicte (60kgs), Jade Bornea (49kgs.), Ian Clark Bautista (52kgs), Jonas Bacho (56kgs), and Eumir Felix Marcial 64 kgs).

Fielding entries are North Korea (4 boxers), Turkmenistan (7), Macau (2), Kyrgyzstan (9), Sri Lanka (5), Hong Kong (1), Japan (7), Indonesia (4), Uzbekistan (10), Iraq (7), Iran (10), Bangladesh (2), Chinese Taipei (4), Vietnam (4), Kazakhstan (10 with 10 reserves), Jordan (4), Mongolia (6), China (10), Tajikistan (2), Nepal (2), and India (10).

Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, president of the International Boxing Federation, will grace the opening rites along with Asian Boxing Confederation president Gofur Rakhimov of Uzbekistan and ASBC executive director Aziz Kozhambetov.

The tourney is backed by the MVP Sports Foundation, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, PLDT, Smart, NLEX, Maynilad, Clarktel, Subictel, Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board, Videogear Inc., Exile Lights and Sound, Philippine Olympic Committee, and the Philippine Sports Commission, and supported by Sony Philippines, Coca-Cola Bottlers, and Nestle Philippines. (Malaya)

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