WITH the success of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (Caraa) meet’s boxing event, the Department of Education is considering the inclusion of females in next year’s meet.

At least four different weight divisions for the girls secondary boxing event is eyed in 2018.

Baguio topped the boxing event with three gold and two bronze medals while Ifugao Province came in second with one gold, a silver and a bronze while Mountain Province had one gold and two bronze medals as Apayao snatched two silvers and three bronzes while Benguet had one silver and two bronzes as Kalinga harvested a silver.

This year’s boxing saw four exhibition bouts in the female category in the 38kg, 39kg, 41kg, 45kg and 48kg divisions as a demonstration sport

“This is again another breakthrough for boxing if it will be deemed as one of the sports event next year,” said Caraa boxing Tournament Manager Cildo Ebasco.

Ebasco said there will be a meeting after the Caraa for boxing officials and those in the region to deliberate the status of the female boxing category.

This year attracted over 50 boxers from the five provinces and the city except Abra which has not submitted any entry for the event.

Dep-ed officials likewise expressed gratitude after the event was finally held in an open area unlike the past where the venue was far from the city with no audience in sight, creating no interest at all.

“This event is much better ta open iti public haan nga kasla idi. The audience appreciates it more if they can see it. Kastoy kuma kanayun, it is for public viewing, aside from the fact that it is entertaining, we hope to educate the public with the do’s and don’ts of boxing, isunga agpaspasalamat tayo ken Principal Lucia Casim iti Guisand Valley National High School ta pinayagan na jay female boxers tayo to be the key for DepEd to watch the female bouts,” Ebaso added. (Sharma Buteng)