MEMBERS of the Philippine men and women’s volleyball teams hope they would be spared of the current leadership problem hounding the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) as they start preparations for next year’s Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
Team captains Rachel Ann Daquis and Jessie Lopez both expressed disappointment over the current internal problem in the federation at a time when teams for the 2015 SEA Games had already been formed.
The Singapore stint will be the first for the PH men and women’s teams in the biennial meet since the 2005 edition of the SEA Games in Manila.
“Sobrang naaapektuhan ang mga players. Gusto lang naman naming mag-serve sa country,” said a teary-eyed Daquis during Tuesday’s edition of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
“Kung kelan nabubuo (na ang team), doon naman lumalabas ang issue. Bakit hindi na lang magtulungan at palakasin ang volleyball dito sa atin.”
Majority of the national team members showed up at the forum presented by Shakey’s, Accel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, including Gretchen Ho and Michelle Datuin, along with men’s coach Ogie Mamon, women’s assistant coach Ariel dela Cruz, and embattled PVF secretary-general Otie Camangian.
The PVF currently has two set of officers with the same president in Karl Geoffrey Chan, although the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has yet to formally recognize any of the two factions.
The other group, which claimed to be the duly elected members of the PVF Board of Directors under then president-on-leave Gener Dungo, held a special board meeting on Sunday where vacancies in the board were filled up and the subsequent election of officers was set.
As vice president, Chan assumed the presidency following Dungo’s indefinite leave.
National team players, however, questioned the timing of the board meeting and the election of officers.
“Ayaw naming sabihin na nanggugulo, pero bakit ngayon lang?” said Datuin. “Nung nag-uumpisa pa lang kami, dapat doon pa lang. Kaya sana tigilan na yang political drama na yan.”
“Ngayon lang tayo naging united and tapos sisirain pa. It doesn’t make sense to me,” said Ho, who admitted having second thoughts earlier about joining the national team tryouts for lack of an organized system within the federation.
“Ano `yung purpose (of the board meeting)? Why now na buo na ang lahat?”
But Mamon still remained positive despite all the leadership trouble within the PVF.
“Walang problema sa mindset ng mga players. Focus sila sa SEA Games and other tournaments,” he said. “I always try to motivate the players not to get affected by all of this.”