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PVL rolls out long-awaited challenge system for Reinforced Conference

JR Isaga
PVL rolls out long-awaited challenge system for Reinforced Conference

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The PVL finally heeds fans' sustained calls by rolling out an international-standard video challenge system at the upcoming Reinforced Conference

MANILA, Philippines – The Premier Volleyball League (PVL) is set to debut its own video challenge system for the upcoming Reinforced Conference set to start on Saturday, October 8.

A staple of many other tournaments and leagues around the world, the PVL’s own version, however, will likely have to wait just a little bit longer as the required equipment have not yet arrived in the country.

“We have already ordered and paid for the video challenge. I think that was end of July or August but they haven’t delivered it. For some reason they’re saying that the cameras are not ready but the order has been there, they promised to deliver it,” said league president Ricky Palou.

“We will definitely have a video challenge and we’re just hoping that it will get here in time for the opening.”

For the last few conferences, fans have clamored for the PVL to implement the video challenge to no avail, and some have even resorted to outright criticism due to the mechanic’s absence.

Video challenge systems, however, are not new on Philippine shores as the country already featured them at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games back in 2019 and the recently concluded Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup for Women – both hosted at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig.

“Yes we will definitely, 100% certainly, have the video challenge. Would it be delayed? Probably. Most likely about a week or maybe 10 days delayed. The main story was there is a global shortage on semiconductors,” added SportsVision marketing head Fred Fateh.

With or without the challenge system in place by opening day, fans at Sta. Rosa, Laguna will be treated to a loaded double-header as the contending PLDT High Speed Hitters start off with a 2:30 pm match against the veteran-laden United Auctioneers-Army Lady Troopers.

Meanwhile, the Akari Chargers will make their highly anticipated debut at 5:30 pm against the Cignal HD Spikers, the back-to-back bronze medalists of the season’s Open and Invitational Conferences. – Rappler.com

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