PSC assures Marcial other Olympic Qualifiers of full support

Filipino boxer Eumir Felix Marcial punched a ticket for the Tokyo Olympics (PSC photo)

Cebu City, Philippines – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has assured Tokyo Olympic-bound boxer Eumir Felix Marcial of full support amidst rumors that the government will back down on its commitment once he decided to jump to the pros.

Commissioner Ramon S. Fernandez assured the Zamboanga-native puncher that PSC will not remiss its commitment not just on him but to all Filipino athletes who tabbed a ticket to the Quadrennial Summer Games in Japan.

Fernandez’s confirmation was reiterated by PSC Deputy Executive Director Atty. Guillermo Iroy who also assured the athletes of the continuing support from the government to the athletes who will continue to chase the elusive gold medal in the Olympics.

Marcial on the other hand was thankful for the reassuring words from PSC.

“Nais ko pong ipahayag ang aking lubos na pasasalamat sa pamunuan ng Philippine Sports Commission. Labis po ang aking pag-alala nang mabalitaan ko ang posibilidad na tanggalin ng gobyerno ang kanilang suporta sa aking hangad na manalo ng Olympic gold sakali man na ituloy ko ang pagpasok sa professional boxing,” Marcial said in a press statement.

Marcial is contemplating joining the pro ranks after receiving numerous offers including one from boxing superstar and the Philippine fighting senator Manny Pacquiao’s promotional outfit MP Promotions.

“Nais ko din linawin na ang posibilidad na pagpasok ko ng professional boxing ay hindi po masasabing desisyon na aking minamadali. Sa tulong po ng aking pamilya at mapagkakatiwalaang mga kaibigan, dalawang taon ko na po itong pinag-aaralan simula nang dumating ang unang offer noong 2018. Sa una, naging makatotohanan po ako sa kanila sa pagsabi na nais ko muna tutukan ang pagkampanya sa Olympics. Ngunit kasabay pa din nito ay ang ginawa kong masusing pag-aaral sa mga nasabing offers.

Hanggang ngayon ay patuloy pa po ang aking pagsusuri sa mga alok at mga posibleng maging sitwasyon ko sakali man na pumasok ako sa professional boxing. Sa lahat ng nag-alok sa akin ng promotional at managerial deals, tinitiyak ko po na hinding-hindi po kayo naging ‘distraction’ sa paghahanda ko. Sa katunayan, isa kayo sa mga dahilan para mas maging pursigido ako na manalo sa Olympic qualifier. Salamat sa tiwala ninyo na may potensyal ako hindi lang maging Olympic gold medalist kungdi maging isang professional boxing world champion. Isa lang ang tinitiyak ko sa lahat, na ako ay lalaban sa Olympics at ibubuhos ang hanggang huling patak ng aking dugo at pawis makuha lang natin ang inaasam na Olympic gold,” Marcial continued.

Marcial and fellow boxer Irish Magno, pole vaulter EJ Obiena and gymnast Carlos Yulo earned a berthed to the Tokyo Olympics after topping their respective qualifying competitions.

Marcial and Magno earned their Olympic ticket in Amman, Jordan Olympic Qualifying competition in March this year, Obiena qualified during the World Championships in Doha, Qatar in October 2019 and Yulo got his ticket from the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Stuttgart, Germany also in October 2019.

Other top-notch Filipino athletes are also hoping to punch a ticket to the Olympics but because of the Corona Virus, the Olympics was moved to 2021 while pushing the other qualifying tournaments to other dates. RCM