LVPI head Romasanta eyeing 2018 Asian Games stint for soon-to-be-formed national team
LVPI chief Joey Romasanta believes they can maximize the effort of forming the new team by targeting the Asian Games. Jaime Campos

THE national volleyball federation preparing a women’s squad for two tournaments this year hopes to extend the program further to 2018, eyeing a stint in the Asian Games in Indonesia.

Larong Volleyball Sa Pilipinas Inc. is forming a team for the AVC Asian Women’s Seniors Championship set from August 9 to 17 in Manila and the Southeast Asian Games set August 19 to 31 in Kuala Lumpur.

But LVPI president Joey Romasanta believes they can take it a step further.

There are no records of the Philippine team’s last participation in an Asian Games volleyball competition.

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“With all those preparations, we can expand this effort. Hopefully, we should be able to qualify (standards of the Philippine Olympic Committee) for the Asian Games. That is something that we can really be proud of,” said Romasanta in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City.

LVPI hopes the team would do well enough, and officials believe a podium finish in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur would help them get the nod of the POC for a stint in the Indonesia Asiad.

The Manila leg of the tryouts ended on Tuesday with the Cebu and Davao legs set in the coming weeks.

“In terms of competitiveness, they should be. We really need to take on the SEA Games very seriously as other countries are taking it seriously,” said Romasanta.

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