MANILA, Philippines — For its consistent work of qualifying Filipino pugs in the Olympics, the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) will be the recipient of the NSA (National Sports Association) of the Year honor in the SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) virtual Awards Night on March 27 at the TV5 Media Center.
This marks the second straight year the boxing federation is being bestowed the special award in the event co-presented by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Cignal TV, with 1-Pacman Partylist and Rain or Shine as major backers.
Pro golfer Yuka Saso headlines the 2020 honor roll of the country’s oldest media organization headed by President Tito Talao, sports editor of the Manila Bulletin, as she will be recognized with the prestigious Athlete of the Year honor.
Middleweight Felix Eumir Marcial and flyweight Irish Magno booked berths in the 2020 Olympiad during their campaigns in the Asia and Oceania Boxing Qualification Tournament in Amman, Jordan, with Marcial even bagging the gold medal in the 75 kg division.
The boxing body headed by President Ricky Vargas hopes two more will be able to qualify once the International Olympic Committtee Boxing Task Force (BTF) comes out with its final list of qualified boxers to the Tokyo Games.