The Philippines will be fielding in seven boxers to the Asian/Oceanian Tokyo 2020 Boxing Qualifying, which will now be held in Amman, Jordan,
With Rio Olympian Rogen Ladon still unsure of his slot, the seven-member national squad will seek out qualifying berth in the competitions slated from March 3 to 11.
The tournament was originally set from Feb. 3 to 14 in Wuhan, China.
But the International Olympic Committee Boxing Task Force rescheduled it after yesterday’s joint decision by the BTF and the Chinese Olympic Committee, due to the developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak reported in the Chinese city.
The Philippines made an effort to bid, but city of Amman eventually won the hosting rights.
Ladon will be seeking his slot in the national squad in the men’s 52 kg category.
On the other hand, officials are still evaluating Paalam’s case in the light-flyweight side.
Paalam has strengthened his bid to be in the Olympiad after he won the gold medal in the recent 30th Southeast Asian Games, along with Ladon, who ruled the flyweight action.
Joining in the men’s division are Ian Clark Bautista in the 57 kgs. category, along with James Palicte (63kgs) and Eumir Marcial (75 kgs).
Iris Magno is entered in the women’s side in the 51 kgs, along with Nesthy Petecio (57 kgs) and Riza Pasuit (60 kgs).