THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB) on Monday joined the boxing community in mourning the saddened loss of its former Chairman Dominador R. Cepeda, Jr. last Saturday. He was 86.
Cepeda, who also served as Commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and proud member of the Philippine Bar, became GAB Chairman from 1994 to July 2001 under the presidency of Fidel Ramos and Joseph E. Estrada.
During his tenure, the World Boxing Council seminar was held at the Manila Hotel on July 4-6, 1996. He was also responsible for the having Luisito “Lindol” Espinosa stake his world title defenses at the Rizal Park twice – in 1996 and 1997 — for the WBC featherweight belts.
Chairman Cepeda had also represented the Philippines in the different international boxing bodies such as the WBC and the WBA.
While serving as the Chairman of GAB, he was elected as the OPBF President and his term was extended up to 1998 during the OPBF Executive Annual Meeting held at Hotel Sofitel.
In 2001, after his tenure as GAB Chairman, he became the WBC Asia Legal Counsel. On September 24,2019, he was invited and honored, together with other former GAB Chairmen, during the 1st Professional Sports Summit held at the PICC.
“We recognize his efforts and invaluable contributions to the growth of professional sports in the Philippines. He is truly an inspiration and his memory will live on forever. Rest in Christ’s love, Chairman Domeng,” said GAB Chairman Abraham ‘Baham’ Mitra.
Cepeda is the second former high-ranking sports officials who died in the spanned of days. Last Wednesday, former PSC Commissioner and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Celso ‘Cito’ Dayrit succumbed due to complications stemming from the coronavirus infection. He was 70