Philippine volleyball

PH volleyball unites for local federation election

PH volleyball unites for local federation election

UNITY. Philippine volleyball seeks a federation that will be recognized by both the POC and the FIVB.

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

The POC and local volleyball officials gear up for the election that aims to finally give the sport a united front

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the major stakeholders in the country’s volleyball scene laid the foundation for the election set on January 25 at the East Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Pasay City.

The election was requested immediately by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) in order to create a local federation, which would be officially recognized by both the POC and the international federation.

POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said the new national sports federation – which has yet to assume an official name – will be composed of 13 positions from the chairman, president and down to the members of the board.

“We will report this to the FIVB and we’re going to invite them in the elections through video link,” said Tolentino.

A failure to hold the elections before the volleyball World Congress on February 5 to 7, would be detrimental to the country’s chances of participating in FIVB-accredited tournaments.

Attending the meeting were Alliances of Philippine Volleyball Inc.’s Ramon “Tats” Suzara, Larong Volleyballl sa Pilipinas Inc. secretary general Ariel Paredes, and Philippine Volleyball Federation secretary general Rustico “Otie” Camangian.

Joining them were Ricky Palou and Tony Boy Liao of Sports Vision that organizes the Premier Volleyball League.

Sumagui said the deadline, validation and submission of voting members will be on Monday, January 18, while the nomination of candidates will be on Wednesday, January 20.

Last December, the international federation sent a request to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to supervise the election aimed to combine the two squabbling factions – Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas (LVPI) and Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF).

Neither of these national sports associations are accredited by the FIVB. –

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