Suarez request for Olympic participation denied

For the second straight time, the Philippines will have a lone entry in boxing.

This was after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) denied the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines 's request for a wildcard ticket for lightweight Charly Suarez.

The development leaves light flyweight Mark Anthony Barriga as the lone Filipino bet in the sport.

"After numerous discussions with IOC, the quota in the weight category which you requested was returned to AIBA since IOC could not find a suitable place in the Tripartite Selection. Therefore, following the Olympic Qualifying Guidelines approved by the IOC Executive Board, the next Best Boxer from the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championships is supposed to be selected," said AIBA executive director Ho Kim in an email to ABAP president Ricky Vargas.

"Following the Competition Protocol list, we regrettably found out that your boxer does not meet the qualification to be the next Best Boxer in your continent. We would like to truly express our regret to inform you on such matter," Kim added.

The ABAP had earlier written a formal request to AIBA president Ching Kuo-Wu to consider Suarez based on his performance as a finalist in the Asian Qualifying Tournament in Astana , Kazakhstan .

Pound-for-pound boxer Manny Pacquiao even chimed in his support for the request in a personal letter to Wu as did Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr.

Meanwhile, shooter Brian Rosario and swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Khing Lacuna leave for London tonight to join a three-week training camp provided for Olympians for the London Games.

The training camp, provided by the London Olympics organizer, is expected to help Olympians acclimatize with the competition venue.

Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting follows suit on July 1, Marestella Torres and Rene Herrera on July 4, Barriga on July 5, and judoka Tomohiko Hoshina, archers Rachel Anne Cabral and Mark Javier, and BMX rider Daniel Caluag on July 19. All Olympians will be accompanied by their respective coaches.


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