Asian Championship next stop for Petecio

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Monday, January 6, 2014


THE Asian Championships set sometime in March will be the next stop for Davao del Sur pride Nesthy Alcayde Petecio after her silver medal finish in a controversial hometown decision in the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games boxing competition in Naw Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Petecio, fresh from spending the holiday break with her family, returned to Manila on Saturday to resume training with the national team.

"Wala pa miy tournament karong bulan. Sa March pa yata tung sa Asian Championships pero wala ko kabalo kung asa karon dulaon (We don't have any tournament this month. I think our first event will be the Asian Championships in March but I still don't know where it will be held)," the 21-year-old China Open 2013 gold medalist said in a Facebook chat interview with Sun.Star Davao over the weekend.

She hopes to improve on her performance in the Asian Championships this year. It will be her third stint in the tournament. Petecio copped a bronze medal in her second Asian appearance in Mongolia following a quarter-finals finish in her tournament debut in Astana, Kazahkstan.

Petecio, meanwhile, made the most of every opportunity to spend time with her family during her vacation last December.

In a recent Facebook status, she posted a collage of her siblings with a caption, "My inspiration."

Petecio said she would be missing them a lot as she needs to go back to work in Manila as a national athlete.

"Alam niyo iyong feelings na gustong gusto mo silang makasama ng matagal pero hindi na pwde dahil kailangan mo nang umalis para sa kanila (crying emoticons). Hindi ko ma-explain iyong feeling ko habang papalayo ako sa kanila. Miss ko na agad si Mama lalo na ang mga makukulit kong mga kapatid," she posted in another status.

Filled with inspiration and love from her family, Petecio had already put behind her back the bitter memory of her gold medal bout against Myanmar opponent Nwe ni Oo in the women's featherweight division of the recently-concluded SEA Games.

Petecio lost to a biased decision in a bout where she dominated Oo in every round. A Tajikistan referee scored the bout even, 38-38, while the Uzbekistan and Syria judges scored it 37-29 in favor of Oo.

On the other hand, Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (Abap) executive director Ed Picson recently said they will line up the events that the national boxers will compete in to prepare them for the Asian Games slated September 19 to October 4 in Incheon, Korea.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 07, 2014.

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