THIS early, officials are dreaming of a gold-medal game pitting host Philippines and perennial champion Thailand to close 30th Southeast Asian Games women's volleyball competition next year.
The Philippines last made the SEA Games final back in 1993, where the Pinay spikers stunned the Asian powerhouse for the gold medal.
The Thais have dominated the biennial meet since and has risen to become a world beater, but Philippine officials hope the Philippines can gain ground following the sport's resurgence.
“We will play Thailand in the finals,” said Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) executive director Tats Suzara on Tuesday during the SEA Games Federation Council Meeting.
The 2019 volleyball competition is set at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Philippines failed to reach the SEAG semifinals in 2017 but Suzara is optimistic that a whole year of preparation will work wonders for the team.
This early, a national team is being formed to gain experience in the Asian Games in July and in the Asian Cup in August.
“Of course, people were expecting to get a medal last year in Kuala Lumpur but it doesn’t take a year to prepare the national team. It takes two SEA Games to prepare the national team,” he said.
Suzara, who also heads the Philippine Super Liga, said the SEA Games is the top priority in women's volleyball.
“Our women’s volleyball has to play very well in the Asian Games and in the Asian Cup but our target is the SEA Games. SEA Games is so important in our heart so we should play in the finals,” said Suzara.
“I’m always positive that our women’s volleyball team should play in the finals,” he added.