Boxing in CARAA to go on

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

DESPITE raising concerns, the Department of Education (DepEd) won't prompt to remove amateur boxing as one of the sports held in Palarong Pambansa including in Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) this February.

DepEd Assistant Secretary and spokesperson Tonisito Umali said earlier last December boxing matches in the national and regional events will continue despite the incident concerning the death of 16-year-old in the Central Luzon Athletic Meet in Iba, Zambales.

"Tuloy pa rin po boxing natin sa Palaro. At ang ginagawa po natin ay sinisiguro po natin na lahat nga po ng ating alituntunin ... ay nasusunod," Umali said.

DepEd already said it will still be up to the sport directors in the regional level whether they will or will not proceed with sending athletes to compete in the said sports event.

DepEd-Baguio superintendent Francis Cesar Bringas said DepEd would have made thorough investigation regarding the incident.

"Mayroon naman silang committee that had handle that, whatever the final say it will always be the people who have the proper judgment who will decide on it," said Bringas.

"I personally think na isolated lang ang case na iyon, dapat lang na maging mas stringent ang mga officials sa pag-present sa sports sa CARAA man or sa pambansa," Bringas added.

Meanwhile DepEd-Baguio supervisor for MAPEH Fernando Eleponga said they will still send boxers to compete in CARAA.

"The coaches with their student athletes already gave word they will still participate sa boxing," said Eleponga.

Eleponga reasoned it will be a waste of time and effort for every coaches and athletes if boxing will be suspended in DepEd's regional and national competitions.

"Unang-una saan pupunta ang mga boxers, we cannot just tell them to stop since iyon talaga ang pinili nilang sport," said Eleponga.

"Even if we put a stop to it here in DepEd the training and matches will still resume sa other competitions outside our authority," Eleponga quipped.

Demands to suspend all contact sports including taekwondo, wushu, wrestling, and arnis were earlier raised after a boxer was killed in Central Luzon.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 03, 2014.


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