EMBATTLED Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) president Gener Dungo maintained on Tuesday that the association won’t recognize the national pool formed by a group led by suspended officials Dr. Ian Laurel and Vangie De Jesus, along with FIVB official Tats Suzara.
Dungo claimed the PVF will conduct its own tryouts after the Philippine National Games to determine who will be included in the "legitimate" national pool that the body will send to tournaments overseas.
“After the PNG, we will call tryouts by invitation for all those players based on the recommendation of the POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) and PSC (Philippine Sports Commission),” Dungo said.
A national pool was recently formed and its members introduced Monday following the tryouts conducted by Laurel and De Jesus, who were suspended by the PVF for conducting the tryouts in conjunction with the sports management firm headed by Suzara without the board’s consent.
Dungo reiterated only the PVF has the right to form a national team.
“The PVF is the only recognized volleyball association in the Philippines. Kung sinasabi nila na ‘yun na ang national team, magkakaroon tayo ng legality (issue). ‘Yun ang tinatawag nila na meron silang hidden agenda kung bakit nila ginagawa ‘yun,” Dungo said.
The PVF chief, however, said that it will not stop the 33-man national pool from participating in the PNG, as initially planned by the group.
“Rest assured that we will observe all those players as part of the talent identification program of the PNG,” said Dungo.
The volleyball president also said he had already submitted a budget proposal to the PSC for the 2013 programs of the PVF, which also includes the formation of the men and women’s indoor and beach volleyball teams.
Dungo also shrugged off claims by the other group that an election should have been held last year as his two-year term had already expired.
“Since 1961, lahat ng presidente ng PVF, four years (ang term) … Medyo gumaganda na ang volleyball, sinasabi na nila na two years. Makikita mo may kulay `yung ginagawa nila,” said Dungo, who was elected president in 2010.
The other group is eyeing Ricky Palou as PVF president once an election is held, but Dungo pointed out the Ateneo athletic director is not qualified for the post.
He even alleged that it was during the reign of Palou's group at the PVF that the association incurred a huge debt to the world volleyball body over the hosting the World Volleyball Grand Prix a decade ago.
“Hindi siya member ng PVF. Their group is responsible for the $100,000 debt sa FIVB,” Dungo said.