Nesthy Petecio admires Chinese rival for following her career

Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio celebrates after defeating Myanmar’s Oo Nwe Ni to claim the gold medal during the 30th South East Asian Games 2019 Women’s Featherweight (57 kg). INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon

MANILA, Philippines—Nesthy Petecio has had memorable opponents down her storied amateur career but there’s one person she’s itching to face one more time.

With a trip at the Tokyo Olympics still not at her grasp, Petecio is looking to get one at the world qualifiers in 2021 and she’s expecting to meet old rival Yin Junhua at the competition.

Petecio already fought Yin during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta but lost via split decision in the first round, a result that didn’t sit well with Philippine boxing officials, with the Chinese slugger eventually taking the gold in the continental tiff.

This fight was what started a mutual respect between the two and a chance meeting in the Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifiers just proved that the admiration between them was there.

“We talked with each other after the qualifiers because we were at the doping area at the same time,” said Petecio in Filipino in an interview with Radyo Pilipinas. “She told me that we didn’t fight in this competition but maybe we can in the world championship.”

Despite continental and world accolades, both Petecio and Yin have not claimed Olympic slots yet after the Asia-Oceania qualifiers.

Yin Junhua

China’s Yin Junhua (blue) celebrates her win over North Korea’s Jo Son Hwa (not pictured) in their women’s feather (57kg) boxing final at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on September 1, 2018. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

Petecio, who won the featherweight gold medal in the Aiba World Boxing Championships, entered the top seed of the qualifying tournament but bowed to Japan’s Sana Irie in the quarterfinals while Yin lost to

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Hollywood seeks virtual hype at ‘hybrid’ Toronto festival

The stage during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival Awards Ceremony in Ontario. Image: AFP/Valerie Macon

Hollywood’s annual exodus to Toronto for North America’s biggest film festival will be online-only this week, as coronavirus and a closed Canadian border force A-listers to stay home and peddle their upcoming films remotely.

The Toronto International Film Festival typically draws half a million attendees to its celebrity-studded red carpets and diverse lineup of world premieres, which include early Oscars frontrunners looking to spark momentum and unheralded arthouse flicks hoping to find distributors.

This year, even the stars themselves are not on the guest list. Only movie lovers who are already based in town will be able to attend drive-in premieres and socially distanced screenings at a dramatically pared-down festival boasting just 50 feature films on show — compared with a typical 300-odd.

But organizers insisted the show must go on, and have called on movie legends including Martin Scorsese, Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet to participate in virtual talks and galas, in an unprecedented “hybrid” format starting Thursday.

“We still wanted to do a festival… it’s important for our audience, and I think we just all need some inspiration that art can provide,” co-head Cameron Bailey told Agence-France Presse.

“And there’s also just the fact that the business of the film industry as well — the buying and selling of film that happens at our festival and others as well — needs to continue.”

‘So much at stake’

Several festivals have been scrapped this year, including the glamorous Cannes and the elite Telluride gathering in Colorado.

At a perilous time for the industry at large, Hollywood productions have been brought to a months-long standstill by COVID-19, and the Oscars themselves postponed.

As a result, Toronto officials announced a collaboration with those

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Phoenix fires Louie Alas as head coach in surprise move

Phoenix head coach Louie Alas at the bench. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

MANILA, Philippines—In a sudden development, Phoenix said it has decided to cut ties with head coach Louie Alas Friday.

The club released a statement saying that Alas’ departure was done after “much deliberation.”

“With the possibility of a PBA restart, the Phoenix Super LPG Fuelmasters have begun discussions for future plans,” said the club in a statement. “After much deliberation, management has decided to discontinue Mr. Louie Alas’ services as head coach.”

Associate head coach Topex Robinson was elevated to Alas’ former position on an interim basis.

“We believe in coach Topex’s capacity to lead this team and we look forward to the Fuelmasters’ resurgence as one of the league’s exciting contenders.”

Alas, in the six full conferences he held the position, led the Super LPG Fuelmasters to two playoff appearances with both of those being first and second seeds.

Phoenix also suspended Alas this past week for violating health protocols during practice after he had his fingers taped by the team therapist, entering Upper Deck gym during the scheduled time for another batch of players, and prematurely entering the court while decontamination was taking place.

Alas said that his mistakes were purely unintentional and that he himself told the team that he be fined for his actions.

Phoenix finished first in the 2019 Philippine Cup with a 9-2 record before losing to eventual champion San Miguel and second in the 2018 Governors’ Cup with an 8-3 card.

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