V-League side to Asian zonals denied recognition as national team
“This is not the national team,” says PSC chair Ricardo Garcia of the V-League selection. “It’s a selection of players from different teams that will represent the POC team to compete (in the Asian qualifiers).” Jerome Ascano

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) clarified on Monday the V-League selection to be sent in the upcoming world championship qualifier in Vietnam will not considered the national women's team and therefore will not be entitled to benefits given to national teams.

PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia said members of the V-League team that was tasked to compete in the Vietnam zonal qualifiers by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will not be receiving monthly allowances from the government sports agency.

The team was only formed to comply with a directive by the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) giving POC the authority to form a squad that will represent the country in the Southeast Asian zonal qualifiers for the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship.

“This is not the national team,” Garcia said. “It’s a selection of players from different teams that will represent the POC team to compete (in the Asian qualifiers).”

“Because of the AVC order, we have to send a team for Vietnam, or else, we will be sanctioned. That’s the reason why we formed a team,” Garcia said.

The PSC head said the sports agency will only give monthly allowances to members of a women’s national volleyball team if tryouts are held under the auspices of both the POC and the Philippine Volleyball Federation.

“(The team) will no longer exist until there will be an honest-to-goodness qualifying that will be made by the volleyball association. The team also has to be accredited by the volleyball association and by the POC,” Garcia said.

Garcia, however, said the PSC will still be supporting the team’s campaign in Vietnam by shouldering the airfare, uniforms, and other team supplies.

The V-League selection was tapped to represent the Philippines in the Vietnam meet after the Bomberinas, a team that has been practicing for months now in the hopes of eventually getting the nod as the official national squad, lost to Philippine Air Force in the battle for the gold during the Philippine National Games.

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The Bomberinas were formed after a series of tryouts held by a splinter group in the PVF.

“Let’s send a team that is respectable and a team that can at least represent us well,” Garcia stressed.

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