Lone boxer from region to win gold


TACLOBAN CITY- A student-scholar from the Leyte Sports Academy (LSA), based in this city, and a promising boxer, has won a gold medal in the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa 2018 in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur and contributed to the gold medal harvest of the academy that saved the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) from landing last among the country’s regional delegations.
Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla told Leyte Samar Daily Express that LSA scholar Caasi Salvador, 16, was one of the ten boxer-athletes of the EVRAA delegation which participated in the recently-concluded Palarong Pambansa.
Salvador, who is from Naval, Biliran, fought against Eduardo Jimenez from Central Visayas under light flyweight category of 46-48.kg. and turned out to be the 2018 Palarong Pambansa light flyweight category boxing champion.
He was the only EVRAA boxer who won a medal in the Palaro.
The other boxers from the EVRAA were from Leyte division (2); Ormoc City division (6), and one from Calbayog City division.
Petilla said that Salvador is a promising boxer and may become one of the best boxers in the future reason why the LSA is giving him more training to harness further his boxing potentials.
With 9 gold, 10 silver, and 9 bronze medals harvested by the regional athletes, Eastern Visayas ranked 12 in this year’s Palarong Pambansa.
And out of the EVRAA medals won, LSA athletes won the 8 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals. If not with the gold medals from LSA, EVRAA would have landed in the 17th place which is the lowest rank. (RESTITUTO A. CAYUBIT)