PHL Boxers earn cash rewards for Asiad feats

26 11 2010
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The 16th Asian Games was the first major tournament for the revamped and enhanced amateur boxing program of the Philippines.  The Philippines have been one of the boxing powers in Asia and produced heroes like Mansueto and Roel Velasco, Roberto Jalnaiz, Leopoldo Serrantes, and many more.  In the recent years, there was a marked decline of performance in international tournaments. Changes were made and PLDT has taken the cudgels of sponsoring a new breed of Filipino amateur boxers. PLDT Phl Team Boxing sent 6 boxers in this years Asiad, half of those earned a medal. The team finished with 1 GOLD 1 SILVER and 1 BRONZE.  Part of the program is giving financial rewards for boxers who earn medals.

Rey Saludar is set to receive a P3 Million windfall after beating the host bet Chang Yong in front a shocked Chinese crowd. Silver medallist Annie Albania will receive P1 Million and Victorio Saludar will be P500,000 richer for his bronze.

caloycomment: This is great for the program.  I hope this will encourage more boxers to train harder in the amateur levels.  There is some money in the amateur levels and if one will be blessed enough to be the first Filipino olympic gold medallist, he or she will surely get a lot of money.  Not as much as Pacquiao but nevertheless, the first Olympic Gold medallist will have his name immortalized.  The boxers have the biggest chance to become legendary Filipino olympians.  Congratulations to the boxers and the sponsors!!!!

I hope that big companies will emulate PLDT and start to embrace other sporting disciplines so that the athletes can have some world-class training and exposure.  Sports like Taekwondo, chess, sepak-takraw, football, and baseball could use some funds.

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Saludar wins Gold; Albania settles for Silver

25 11 2010
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Boxing has always been a source of pride of the Philippines in the past Asian Games.  This year the country is fielding by a well-funded team that is manned by the best amateur fighters in the land including a woman. In the 2010 Asian Games, the boxers finished with a 1-1-1 medal tally.  Rey Saludar stunned Chan Yong of the host country to bag the gold in the 52kg or below division. Annie Albania, the lone female Filipino bet lost to a taller Cancan Ren of China to settle for a well-deserved silver. The Philippines raised its games medal totals to 3-3-9.

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Smart Gilas routed North Korea in the consolation game in Basketball.  They lost their chance to earn a medal when they lost South Korea 66-74 in yesterday’s matches.

Philippine Chess Team will battle China in the gold medal game in Team Chess.