EXPRESSING a renewal of faith in the future of volleyball in the country, no less than the Executive Vice President of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) for the Southeast Asian Zone will grace the launch and opening this week of Philippine Superliga (PSL).
The presence of Shanrit Wongprasert adds luster to the PSL’s grand launch on July 4 at the 7th High in Bonifacio Global City to be highlighted by a sports fashion show featuring some of the country’s prettiest players.
The visit of Wongprasert is the first by a high official of the AVC in recent years of the sport’s resuscitation initiated by the private sector.
The event will have its formal press conference on July 5 at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club's clubhouse, while the grand opening itself is on July 7 at the Philsports Arena starting at 1 pm.
“The PSL will be honored by the presence of Mr. Wongprasert, one of the architects of volleyball's rise in Thailand as president of Thailand Volleyball Association,” said Ramon "Tats" Suzara, PSL president and chairman of the AVC Development and Marketing Committee. “It is the first time in the sport's recent history that a high ranking regional official of volleyball will visit the country.”
Wongprasert will also meet with officials of the Philippine Volleyball Federation to discuss volleyball development in the country.
Six teams have already signed up for the country’s first volleyball club league, namely Cignal, Petron, PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone), Cagayan Valley, PCSO-Bingo Milyonaryo and the Philippine Army.
SportsCore, a team of professional events managers whose experience include the organization of the 4th Asian Beach Games in Thailand and the coming Asian Wushu Championships to be hosted by Manila, is also behind the organization of the PSL.
SportsCore is also giving away free tickets for the opening ceremony at the Philsports Arena. Fans could avail of the free tickets at the SportsCore office, Unit 220 Cityland Vito Cruz Tower I, Vito Cruz Street, Malate, Manila or they can call telephone number 353-3935 for details.
"SportsCore and the PSL aim to give our female volleyball players a viable competitive field soon after they have finished collegiate play," said PSL Chairman Philip Ella Juico, also a former PSC Chairman.
Other than TV partner Solar Sports, Asics as official shoes and Mikasa as official ball, the PSL has received valuable technical backing and support from the Philippine Sports Commission, the San Juan Arena, Healthway Medical, LGR outfitter, Lenovo, Vibram Five Fingers and Pagcor. The league is sanctioned by the Philippine Volleyball Federation.