POC President believes AIMAG postponement benefits Filipino athletes

The Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) reset for February next year were again postponed a second time due to its proximity to the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The AIMAG were originally scheduled this December. However, host Thailand postponed the 50-sport competition and rescheduled it every four years for February 24 to March 6, 2024.

Junna Tsukii [photo credit: Junna Tsukii Facebook]
Junna Tsukii [photo credit: Junna Tsukii Facebook]

But a consensus among member national Olympic committees (NOCs) of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Oceania sought for the games’ postponement citing their athletes have to prepare for the Paris Games qualifiers and the Olympics themselves.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino concurred with the postponement saying it would ease the burden off the country’s Olympic hopefuls.

“It’s good for us, too, so we can concentrate on other qualifying events,” Tolentino said.

The Philippines has so far qualified three athletes to Paris—boxer Eumir Felix Marcial and gymnasts Carlos Yulo and Aleah Finnegan.

OCA acting president Raja Randhir Sing disseminated the information on the postponement in a letter sent to the 45 OCA member and 18 Oceania countries on Friday.

The OCA will announce the new dates of the AIMAG after the Paris Olympics that are set July 26 to August 11.

The AIMAG features 50 sports, including nine Olympic events. They were last held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in 2017.

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