Janiuay officials promise support for boxer Magno
THE municipality of Janiuay in Iloilo vowed to fully support Irish Magno’s bid in the Tokyo Olympics that was postponed to 2021.
Magno told Businessmirror on Thursday that Mayor Bienvenido Margarico would start a campaign to raise funds to augment expenses for her training and preparation for the Tokyo Games.
“I am very grateful to Mayor Margarico for supporting me,” said Magno, who paid the town’s chief executive a courtesy call on Wednesday. “He also promised me that the municipal government would immediately address the support.”
Magno is one of four Filipinos who have so far qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, which was postponed to July 23 to August 8 next year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The others are boxer Eumir Felix Marcial, pole vaulter EJ Obiena and world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo.
Like all other national athletes,
Magno was advised to go home and resume training on their own as government still imposes strict protocol for sports.
Magno trains at least two hours a day at home in Janiuay. She devotes one hour of online training with her coaches at the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines—nolito Velasco, Mitchel Martinez, Reynaldo Galido and foreign consultant, Australian Don Abnett.
The other hour is spent at the Fitstart Gym owned by Raynald Lagola Ardiente.
“People at the gym help me out, too, but we observe strict protocols by limiting the number of people during training,” she said.
With the Tokyo Olympics still a year away, Magno couldn’t yet be conscious about her weight.
“I am 56 kg now, over my flyweight limit of 51 kg,” she said. “But our sports nutritionist and my coaches say it’s okay because I don’t have a fight yet in the near future, and I easily shed excess weight.”