PHILIPPINE Sports Commission chairman Ricardo Garcia said on Monday the performance of the V-League selection in the world championship qualifiers in Vietnam is not enough to earn it a ticket to this year’s Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.
While he lauded the team’s showing in the tournament which he said “exceeded expectations,” Garcia said the 1-2 win-loss record of the V-Belles in the qualifiers is not a sufficient gauge of the team's chances of winning a gold medal in Myanmar.
“The performance is good for a team who practiced for a week,” said Garcia. “But that’s not enough criteria na pupunta na sila sa SEA Games.”
The SEA Games Task Force has been strictly screening athletes for the Myanmar-bound team as the PSC and the Philippine Olympic Committee try to prune down the number of athletes for a “token delegation” they plan to send to this year’s edition of the biennial meet.
The Task Force has set a standard of only sure and potential gold medal winners for Team Philippines and, it appears the recent effort of the hastily-formed V-Belles falls short of the yardstick.
The V-Belles’ lone victory came against Myanmar in four sets, while bowing to Vietnam and Indonesia in the three-day tournament held in Quang Tri, Vietnam.
Garcia said that while the team competed against Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar, the selection was not able to test itself against other Southeast Asian countries including powerhouse Thailand.
“Ang participation (sa Vietnam) is only four teams. What happened to the other teams like Thailand and Malaysia?,” Garcia said.
“But definitely, the performance of the group exceeded expectation,” Garcia said.
The team had little time to prepare after it was formed just a little over a week before the tournament on the orders of the POC, which was given the mandate by the Asian Volleyball Confederation to the POC to form a Philippine squad for the qualifiers.
“One week lang sila nag-prepare so I would definitely like to congratulate the team for the effort,” Garcia said.