New Abap head Picson announces 3-year program


THE newly-installed board of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) is focused on coaches development,

talent identification and ramping up of rigid and science-based training for national boxers in the current Olympic cycle.

Abap’s newly-elected president Ed Picson bared the federations’ program for cycle that ends with the Paris 2024 Olympics during the board’s first meeting held virtually on Thursday—a week after the elections.

Picson’s first task as president was his appointment of University of the Philippines professor and long-time Abap sports psychologist Marcus Manalo as secretary-general and executive director and Michael Angelo Vargas as treasurer.

“The challenge handed over to me by [former Abap president] Mr. Ricky Vargas is indeed daunting, but I dare say, not insurmountable,” said Picson, referring to the unprecedented three-medal haul of boxing in the Tokyo Olympics.

“I am confident we can do well this Olympic cycle,” added Picson, as he acknowledged the support the association got from the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, MVP Sports Foundation and the Abap board.

Also present online were Abap vice chairman former Rep. Raul Daza and directors Atty. Liberato Reyna, Reinaldo Bautista, Deputy Speaker Robbie Puno, Nonong Verdeflor, Lorenzo “Chao” Sy, athlete representative Josie Gabuco, referees and judges representative Ludy Ceriales, coaches representative Pat Gaspi and MVPSF representative Maita Basa-David.

The board also installed past chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan as chairman emeritus.

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