An amateur boxer who gave the country one of its gold medals in boxing in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games has passed away at the age of 35.
Genebert Basadre died last Monday after collapsing in his home in Cagayan de Oro city and was rushed to the Polymedic Plaza Hospital where he fell into a coma on Tuesday, before passing away on Sunday morning.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) paid tribute to Basadre, who also won a bronze medal in the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.
“He was so young and was dedicated, soft-spoken and well-liked. The news is startling, to say the least,” ABAP secretary-general Ed Picson said of Basadre’s sudden passing.
Before his triumph on home soil in the 2005 SEA Games, Basadre competed in AIBA ranking events in 2002 and 2003, although he did not qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Aside from winning a bronze in the 2006 Asian Games, Basadre also won a silver in the 2006 Tammer Cup in Finland.
His last competition was in 2009, when he pocketed a silver in Thailand’s Kings Cup.
He retired in 2010 to concentrate on his career in the Philippine Army, although he also coached boxers in Cagayan de Oro.