In order to avoid possible accidents, boxing has been finally removed by the Department of Education (DepEd) in the primary division (elementary) in the prestigious annual national youth sporting events in the country, the Palarong Pambansa.
The decision has been made known by the DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro via a memorandum to all 17 regions in the country last February 12 to formally announce the exclusion of boxing in elementary at the games.
This move was after a 16 year-old boy collapsed and died during a boxing bout in the regional qualifying meet last year.
That incident paved way to the decision of scrapping boxing in the elementary division.
With this move, 16 sports are left in the elementary division, while there will still be 17 sports in high-school division at the 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Sta. Cruz Laguna this May 4 to 10, 2014.
Wrestling is the newest sport that has been added of the roster of regular sports in the events, along with archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, lawn tennis at volleyball.