By Nick Giongco
Top boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno, who recently earned Tokyo Olympic berths, are both quarantined in their respective homes as with other national team members.
Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines secretary-general Ed Picson said Marcial is staying in his house in Dasmariñas, Cavite, while Magno is in a rented room in Baguio City.
Both fighters are observing quarantine protocol as they are coming off a stint in the March 3-11 Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Amman, Jordan.
Five other fighters competed there and they are likewise staying behind closed doors, most of them billeted at the Cooyeesan Hotel in the Pines City.
Only Marcial and Magno made the Olympic grade and Picson is advising not only them but the rest to make the most out of their free time.
“We advised them to stay safe, healthy and fit. Sanay naman sila sa active rest, so they know what to do,” said Picson, who joined them in the Jordan slugfest and likewise placed himself in quarantine for 14 days.
Picson made special mention of Marcial and Magno’s discipline, adding they share a terrific work ethic.
With sporting events on hold owing to the pandemic, nobody’s sure when everything returns to normalcy.
Even the July 24-Aug. 9 Olympics are in danger of being postponed or even cancelled altogether.
Just the same, Marcial and Magno have been told to remain busy so they can easily ease back to form once the dust settles.