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ABAP wins fight vs POC-PSC over Cain.

After declaring that they would not want to have anything to do with the hiring of a British consultant by saying he lacked credentials and vowing not to pay for his services, officials of the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee appeared to have lost the argument.

The two sports bodies eventually agreed to fall behind the decision of the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) to hire Chris Cain as consultant of Filipino boxers preparing to fight in two Olympic qualifying events next year.

The PSC also agreed to shoulder the $5,000 stipend of Cain whom it previously said as not deserving of the amount because he lacked the track record of someone who can deliver the goods.

PSC Executive Director Guillermo Iroy said Cain's stipend was approved after a recent board meeting. Iroy said Cain is on a probationary status and whether he will be asked to return in three months is up to the POC.

Cain, 45, began working with the boxers in Baguio City more than three weeks ago after being recruited by ABAP executive director Ed Picson.

Under the ABAP's plan, Cain will be asked to return to the country in March to check on the progress of the boxers preparing to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Picson said if Cain's work with the ABAP does wonders, he will be asked to join the boxers should they qualify in Rio for a total of four months of work as a coaching consultant.

In accepting Cain, POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. said he wanted to avoid being accused of interfering with the ABAP's affairs.

"Baka sabihin nila eh pinakiki-alaman ko sila," said Cojuangco, who nevertheless made it clear to Picson and national coach Pat Gaspi that the entire country expects a lot from the boxers.

PSC Chairman Ricardo Garcia said Cain has to produce results and the Asia-Oceania qualifying in March. "We have to produce qualifiers especially in boxing," said Garcia.

There will be two more qualifying events on tap next year: the Asia/Oceania in China in March-April and Final World qualifying in June in Azerbaijan.

Gunning for Rio slots are light-flyweights Mark Antrhony Barriga and Rogen Ladon, fly Ian Clark Bautista, bantam Mario Fernandez, lightweight Charly Suarez and welter Eumir Felix Marcial.


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Date:Dec 8, 2015
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