A gold medal in the 2018 Feliks Stamm Boxing Tournament in Poland does not guarantee an automatic spot for Ian Clark Bautista in the Philippine boxing team that will represent the country in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia this August.
Bautista said the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP), headed by newly-elected Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas, still have to select from the national pool the members of the team for Asian Games.
With his younger brother Mario “Jordan” Bautista Jr., who won a bronze medal in the Poland tournament, Ian Clark is scheduled to arrive today for a few days of rest at their home in Binalbagan town.
“We are scheduled to resume training in Baguio next Monday with the rest of the team,” Bautista said.
From the airport in Silay City, the Bautista brothers will have breakfast with sports patron Oscar “Dodong” Bascon, who they considered as their second father.
“It was Sir Dodong who gave us the opportunity to be in the national team. We will always be grateful to him,” Ian Clark said.
In 2007, the Bautista brothers joined the Himamaylan Team of Bascon to compete in the national amateur boxing championship then held in Bacolod City.
Then 13 years old, Ian Clark said they were told that the tournament was LGU-based and since Binalbagan does not have any team, they will not be able to join.
“Wala kami team, gin kwa kami ni Sir Dodong kay naluoy sya sa amon kay duwa lang kami ni Jordan kag gusto namon ma hampang (We didn’t have a team, Sir Dodong took pity on us since it was only Jordan and I and we wanted to compete),” Ian Clark recalled.
“Naga pasalamat gid ko sa iya, sa wala sawa nga pag bulig sa amon halin pa gid sang bata pa kami..naga laygay parte sa boxing, sa life kag sa kay God (He never gets tired of supporting us and even gives us advice about boxing, life and God)” Bautista added.
He said he is also thankful to the ABAP and their coaches for their support, stressing that without them, he will not be where he is right now as far as his boxing career is concerned.*NAB
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