THE Philippine Volleyball Federation has suspended its secretary general and a board member on charges that the pair staged a series of tryouts for the national team last weekend without the consent of the association’s board.
PVF president Gener Dungo had asked secretary general Vangie De Jesus and board member Dr. Ian Laurel to explain their move to form a “national team committee” in conjunction with a private firm, SportsCore Event Management and Consultancy (SCORE), without the PVF board’s consent.
Dungo also said in a letter that De Jesus allegedly misrepresented the PVF in entering a team to the 17th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in September, as well as in written communications with the Philippine Sports Commission.
Aside from holding a tryout, Laurel, who also calls games for the television coverage of the UAAP and Shakey's V-League, had failed to attend recent board meetings, the letter claimed.
In an interview with Spin.ph, De Jesus said that she only held the tryouts to jumpstart a program for the national team which she said has not been existent since the 2005 SEA Games.
De Jesus also claimed that no PVF board member decided on her suspension during the board meeting in Lingayen.
“We need to have a national team. Bakit pa tayo may NSA kung walang national team?” said De Jesus. “Ngayong may tumutulong na, saka haharangin.”
De Jesus also claimed the PVF board was informed of the entry of SCORE to help the national squad. SCORE is headed by Asian Volleyball Confederation development and marketing head Tats Suzara, who is also a former PVF official.
Suzara’s firm is also behind the move to put up a professional volleyball league.
De Jesus claimed that in contrast to previous tryouts organized by the PVF, last week’s tryouts drew 35 aspirants from the old national team as well as from the UAAP and NCAA ranks.
It is still unclear whether the tryouts will continue.