Shortly after coming home from a successful stint in the recent Asia-Oceania Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan, the Philippine boxing team led by Olympic-bound Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno put itself under quarantine.
Marcial lived up to expectations, winning the men's middleweight division as the top seed whileMagno succeeded on her second try as she won the women's flyweight Olympic box-off to earn a place in the Tokyo-bound Philippine team.
“Naka-self-quarantine po ako dto sa Baguio. Ganun din po ‘yung iba ko pang teammates,” Magno told ABS-CBN News' Dennis Gasgonia. The Iloilo native will have to get clearance to go home and celebrate with her loved ones once her quarantine is up.
"Wait ko pa po ang sasabihin ng mga coaches after po ng quarantine kung pwede po muna umuwi. Pero kung back to training po, training po muna para mapaghandaan ang Tokyo Olympics,” she said.
Also coming back from Amman, Jordan were women's featherweight world champion Nesthy Petecio, flyweight bet Carlo Paalam, bantamweight Ian Clark Bautista, lightweight James Palicte, and lightweight Riza Pasuit. All of them will also have to undergo self-quarantine as a precautionary step against the spread of the COVID-19 virus that is affecting the globe.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has also affected the timetable for Petecio, Paalam, and the rest of the Tokyo hopefuls since the upcoming World Qualifiers in Paris, France this May has been postponed because of the health crisis that's sweeping the world.