FILE – National coach Nolito Velasco with boxers Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez.
MANILA, Philippines – National boxing coach Nolito “Boy” Velasco has retired and will effectively step down at the end of the year, the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) announced on Wednesday.
Velasco, the older brother of Mansueto “Onyok” and Roel Velasco, sent a letter to ABAP informing the national sports association of his decision to quit the national boxing team.
“I look forward to enjoying my retirement with my family as I give them the time and effort that I missed because of the job,” Velasco wrote.
Velasco, although he does not fight for an Olympic podium himself, was the coach of his younger brother Roel during his bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
He then guided their younger brother Onyok to the silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
The 58-year-old’s latest Olympic success led Nesthy Petecio to silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the first time a Filipino boxer has stepped onto the podium at the Summer Games.
ABAP accepted Velasco’s resignation through a letter signed by President Ricky Vargas and Secretary General Ed Picson.
“We wish you good luck in your future endeavors,” the two officials said in response to Velasco’s letter.
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