Palou says LVPI plan to send PH volleyball team to Asian Games 'counterproductive'
"Wala pang team, wala pang coach (up until this time), tapos gusto n'yong magpadala ng team sa Asian Games," says PVL head Ricky Palou. Dante Peralta

RICKY Palou on Wednesday cast doubt on a plan to send a Philippine women's team to the Asian Games, saying there's little to gain from sending an ill-prepared squad to war against some of the best volleyball nations in the world.

Speaking a day after the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) announced the holding of open tryouts beginning on April 13, Palou said the time frame alone makes it unlikely for the Philippines to put together the best team possible for the Asiad.

The 2018 Asiad in Indonesia is set to begin on August 12, giving the LVPI just over four months to hold tryouts, select, and prepare the national team for the quadrennial showpiece that features world-class sides from China. Korea, Japan and Thailand.

Conflicts in schedule that will likely arise with the UAAP volleyball season nearing the playoffs are likely to further eat up on that preparation time.

"First of all, we're not ready. As of today, we don't have a coach, we don't have the players. So mamadaliin na naman nila ang formation ng team," said Palou, who is the head of the pioneering Premier Volleyball League.

An Asiad stint cannot be justified even if the LVPI has enough resources to bankroll the trip, Palou said.

The funds being earmarked for the Asiad campaign can be of better use for the preparation of a national team to the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which the country will be hosting, Palou added.

"So kung may sponsor, wag na lang sayangin sa Asian Games. Gamitin na lang yan for the (preparation for the) Southeast Asian Games next year," the former PBA official said.

Even if the national team can benefit from the Asiad experience, Palou said it is counter-productive to send an under-prepared side to slaughter against the top teams in the region.

"Wala pang team, wala pang coach (up until this time), tapos gusto n'yong magpadala ng team sa Asian Games. Eh ang lalakas ng kalaban d'yan - China, Korea, Japan, Thailand," he said.

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