ASIDE from showing he can contribute on the floor in top level competition, officials believe Richard Gomez will serve up inspiration and provide valuable locker room presence for the Philippine team seeing action in the 2014 PLDT HOME Fibr Asian Men's Volleyball Club Championship.
The multi-sport star, who will be 48 in April, is vying for a place in the national volleyball team after previously donning the national colors in rowing, fencing and shooting.
“Gomez would be a welcome addition to the new national team. Aside from his leadership, his experience playing for the three national teams will be a big factor for the team," said AMCC organizing committee chairman Philip "Ella" Juico, also a former chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission.
National coach Francis Vicente is in the process of trimming down the close to 30 players who have been picked to join the tryouts currently being held at the Rizal Memorial Arena.
On March 9, the Philippine Volleyball Federation will name members of its its first national men's team after many years of dormancy.
Gomez first joined the national team for rowing in the early 1990s before he spent several years with the national fencing team for which he contributed a Southeast Asian Games bronze medal in 1995 in Brunei, two silver medals in 1997 in Jakarta, another silver in 2001 in Malaysia, a gold medal in 2003 in Vietnam and another gold medal in 2005 in Manila.
Gomez also doubled as an entry in the shotgun event in the sport of shooting in the 2005 SEA Games in Manila, where he placed fourth.
The actor/sportsman who played volleyball in high school showed last year he has what it takes to play in top-level action as his PLDT MyDSL team ruled the first Super Liga men’s championship.
"I am determined to join the men's volleyball team," said Gomez. "I've been joining the tryouts since coach Francis issued the call and I'm not going to miss this chance at serving the flag once more."
The AMVCC is being co-organized with SportsCore, which has an extensive background in organizing international events.
TV-5 will be the official broadcast partner of the AMCC. All games of the Philippine Team will televised live.
Cignal will also provide volleyball fans with live streaming of the games, PLDT will provide technical support and title sponsor PLDT Home Fibr will provide assistance with its broadband services.