By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Sunday in Panama City, the WBA sponsored a 5K and 10K race to support the fight against breast cancer in that country. More than 1,000 runners participated including world champions Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno, Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez, Ogleidis “La Niña” Suarez, Liborio Solis and Yuriorkis Gamboa along with other boxers, radio and TV personalities and the general public. The WBA will donate $15,000 to a non-governmental entity that fights against cancer. “I want to thank all participants, runners and the organizing team for helping to make this campaign for the needy. The WBA KO Drugs continues to transmit the message to the boxing world and now society in general. The WBA KO drugs 5K/10K race is a great initiative to elevate moral values in our home,” said Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, WBA excecutive vice president. The KO Drugs Festival is held each year in different countries, normally with a boxing card. This year events took place in Peru and Venezuela and another is scheduled for Jamaica on December 8. The idea of the race emerged as a way to do something different, but with the same purpose: to help fight the scourge of drugs.