Olympic bet Marcial takes a breather amid pandemic

Olympic-bound middleweight boxer Eumir Felix Marcial said he would rest and recharge his body as the coronavirus pandemic brought the whole sporting world to a halt.

Eumir Felix Marcial of Philippines (left) trades punches with Kim Jinjea of South Korea during the 18th Asian Games at the Jakarta International Expo. PSC POOL PHOTO
“Exercise ng konti, medyo pahinga bago bumalik sa training at fresh ulit kasi grabe yung pinagdaanan namin sa Olympic qualifying. We deserve the rest (I’m doing a little exercise and taking rest so I can return to training fresh after a gruelling Olympic qualifying),” Marcial told The Manila Times on Saturday in a phone interview.

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Marcial, a 24-year old Zamboanga City native, qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by ruling the recent 2020 Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament in Amman, Jordan.

While nearly everyone is in community quarantine, Marcial believes his rivals are training hard, hence he should resume hard training soon.

“’Yung mga natalo ko sa Olympics qualifying, lahat ‘yan mag-eensayo pa lalo kaya pagdating sa Olympics, tiyak na mas malakas sila. Ang sa akin lang, mag-eensayo lang ako nang maayos at gagawin ko yung pinaka-best ko para makuha ‘yung gold sa Olympics (Boxers whom I have defeated during the qualifying will train harder and they would return strong in the Olympics. That is why I must train hard and do my best to win the Olympic gold),” added Marcial, also the 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist.

Besides Marcial, the other Filipino boxer who secured a berth in the Tokyo Games is flyweight Pinay pug Irish Magno.

The other Tokyo-bound Filipino athletes are pole vaulter EJ Obiena and gymnast Carlos Yulo.

Date: March 22, 2020 | By: Josef Ramos | Newspaper: Manila Times | Source: https://www.manilatimes.net/2020/03/22/sports/sports-top/olympic-bet-marcial-takes-a-breather-amid-pandemic/704856/?fbclid=IwAR033paf_H0-OkL23YXSJ6bhbaGi9n9pnxOLzqSS8yzwANgIFPEbNflASb8