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ABAP’s Vargas staying on?

Ricky Vargas remains undecided on whether he will seek another term as president of the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines.

“Wala pa siyang sinasabi,” said ABAP executive director Ed Picson yesterday when asked about Vargas’ plans now that the group is setting the stage for the holding of its elections within the year.

Picson said ABAP would decide soon so it could inform its members nationwide when and where the elections are going to held.

Vargas’ group, funded by telecommunications tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan, took over after the Beijing Olympics.

The brightest moments ABAP experienced were in the 2010 Asian Games with a gold medal won by Rey Saludar, Felix Eumir Marcial’s gold in the world youth in 2011, the five gold medals in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games and the bronze of Ladon in the 2015 worlds in Doha.

Still, ABAP is looking forward to a smashing showing in 2017, according to Picson, whose biggest task for next year will not be the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur in August.

After the SEAG in Malaysia, the AIBA will stage the world championships from Sept. 22 to 30 in Hamburg, Germany.

“Before the end of the year (2016), we would already come up with the roster of boxers who will be part of the 2017 calendar,” said Picson.