Tokyo Olympics-bound boxer Magno claims boxers not receiving allowances for two months

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 17) – Tokyo Olympics-bound boxer Irish Magno revealed on Tuesday that members of the national boxing team have not received their allowances for two months now.

"Two months na walang allowance. 'Yan lang po inaasahan naming mga atleta. Sana magkaroon na," Magno posted on her social media account.

[Translation: We don't have allowance for two months already. The allowance is what we athletes are expecting. I hope it will be given to us.]

The 29-year-old Iloilo native poured out her emotions on the delayed allowances of national boxers.

"Ang hirap mag-focus para sa paghahanda ko sa Olympics kung alam mo 'yung pamilya mo sa probinsya halos walang makain. Masakit lang isipin lalo't ikaw lang inaasahan nila," said Magno.

[Translation: It's hard to focus on my preparations for the Olympics when you know that your family members in the province have almost nothing to eat. It hurts to think that especially when you are the only one they are expecting for.]

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Magno and other national boxers are fresh from their training camp at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna. They are currently undergoing quarantine before leaving for Thailand for another training camp, as part of the pugs' preparations for the Tokyo Olympics slated this July.

Magno will be joined by world champion Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, Rogen Ladon, Ian Clark Bautista, Junmilardo Ogayre, James Palicte, Marjon Pianar, Riza Pasuit, and Aira Villegas in the Thailand camp.

So far, Magno is the lone Filipina boxer to qualify for the Tokyo Games after winning her playoff bout in the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualification Meet in Amman, Jordan a year ago. Eumir Marcial is the other Filipino boxer who secured an Olympic slot after ruling the middleweight division of the same tournament.