Thursday, April 3, 2008
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Team Philippines bound for the Beijing Olympics is fielding just ONE boxer. The main reason is that, only one boxer (Harry Tañamor) qualified for the Olympics. How measly is that? After winning two golds at the Asian Games (which usually has become a good barometer for a good Olympic performance for Team Philippines), the local amateur boxing scene has been on a downslide, first with winning only a single gold at the SEA Games and then this, just one boxer bound for the Olympics.
If the Philippine Professional Boxing is riding on a high (with a slew of professional boxers with world titles), the amateur boxing in the meanwhile is exactly the opposite.
More than blaming the boxers themselves, it is actually the sports officials who should be blamed for this. Too much corruption and politicking does not help win the country honors. Instead of too much politicking, how about training and sending in athletes YEARS before the Olympics. Filipino sports officials love to make short-cut solutions and preparations, I guess only a dumb person would think that would win us Olympic gold medals in return.
Harry Tañamor, I'd be supporting you to win that Olympic gold medal. May the (boxing) gods be with you.
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