Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) President Alvin Aguilar said that he welcomes the offer of assistance of former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Filipino-American Mark Muñoz to uplift the sport of wrestling in the country.
The 38-year-old Muñoz, who visited the Philippines recently as a UFC ambassador promoting the upcoming UFC Fight Night Manila slated on October 15 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, was a former US National Collegiate Athletic Association wrestling champion and has been appointed as the next US program director for wrestling.
Muñoz said he wants his curriculum to be used in educational institutions in the Philippines. This, according to him will help in scouting potential wrestlers that could represent the country in international competitions.
“Anyone who wants to help are always welcome,” Aguilar told The Manila Times on Saturday.
Aguilar added that goal is to make the Philippines a world power in wrestling.
“We want to take that (curriculum) here and develop it so we can probably produce Olympians that can win gold medals,” said Muñoz.
Muñoz said Filipinos could excel in the sport of wrestling because “it is not based on height or size but leverage, position and timing.”
Aguilar emphasized the importance of government support in sustaining any sports development program.
“What is important, though, is our government helps us sustain programs. Like this year, we are launching our grassroots program,” said Aguilar.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID