RICKY Palou is open to taking over the helm of the troubled Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) if the sport's stakeholders feel he deserves the post.
Reacting to the clamor from within the volleyball community to see him become the next PVF chief, Palou said he is leaving it up to the stakeholders to decide the future of an association that has been wracked by infighting among its officials.
“There is a process in the PVF to go through during elections,” Palou, currently the athletic director of Ateneo, told Spin.ph. “They have to certify the stakeholders, and if the stakeholders feel that I’m fit to be the president, I’m fine with that.”
Suspended PVF board member Dr. Ian Laurel and secretary general Vangie De Jesus are calling for an election, saying that incumbent president Gener Dungo's two-year term has ended last year based on the association's constitution and by-laws.
The controversy started when Laurel and De Jesus were suspended for holding tryouts for the national women’s team without the consent of the entire board.
The tryouts, however, went on, and a pool composed of 33 players has since been formed for the Southeast Asian Games, although the team will still need a sanction from the PVF to compete.
Palou, a former Philippine Basketball Association player and official, is among the incorporators and prime movers of the successful Shakey's V-League - the tournament largely credited for the revival of the sport in the country.
He has been involved with the PVF in the past, being the treasurer during the time of Roger Banzuela and Louie Gepuela.
Palou said this may be the right time for him to re-enter the PVF since there are a lot of people willing to help the fast-rising sport in the country.
“Walang nangyayari sa PVF noon kaya sabi ko, why waste my time here? But now I feel that there are a lot of things happening in volleyball and I think there are more people willing to work this time around,” Palou said.