PHILIPPINE Volleyball Federation (PVF) president Gener Dungo on Friday defended the decision to suspend its secretary general and a board member for holding "unsanctioned" tryouts for the women's national team in tandem with a private firm led by Asian Volleyball Confederation development and marketing head Tats Suzara.
Secretary general Vangie De Jesus and board member Dr. Ian Laurel were suspended by the PVF board after they held tryouts for the national team in conjunction with the SportsCore Event Management and Consultancy (SCORE) headed by Suzara without the consent of the volleyball association.
Dungo said the PVF was informed of the plan of Suzara’s group to help the national team, but he clarified that the plan is still in its drafting stage and has yet to be given the green light.
“May draft ng MOA (memorandum of agreement), tinackle ng board, pero hindi pa na-approve. Pero inimplement na nila. We declared it illegal,” Dungo said.
The PVF president said there is no urgent need to form a national team for the Southeast Asian Games in the first place since there is no assurance that a team will be sent to Myanmar in December.
“Actually, there is no urgent need,” said Dungo. “Unang una, baka hindi sumali ang indoor volleyball sa SEA Games dahil malaki ang gastos. At dapat mag-focus muna sa youth.”
Dungo also disputed Suzara's claim that they will continue with the national tryouts because the group had the support of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
“Kausap ko kahapon si PSC chairman Ritchie Garcia at sabi niya na hindi naman pwede mag-buo ng basta grupo ng national team. NSAs lang ang puwede, at hindi nila i-hohonor ‘yun,” said Dungo.
The volleyball official said the PVF is first focusing on the youth squad, which it is priming up to compete in future seniors tournaments.
“Tinanong ako ni chairman kung sasali ba kami (sa SEA Games), ang sabi ko, ayusin muna natin ‘yung for the 2015 SEA Games at ‘yung Olympic Games sa beach volleyball,” Dungo said.
Dungo also claims Suzara’s group has a vested interest in the national team.
“Hindi natuloy ‘yung kanilang commercial lague na gagawin. Gusto niya makuha ‘yung mga magagaling na players kaya nag-backdoor channeling sila. Gusto nila i-control ‘yung national team,” Dungo said.
Dungo said they will hold tryouts on an invitation basis, possibly in March, in time for the Philippine National Games.
“Meron naman (plan to form a national team) pero by invitation lang kasi alam na natin ‘yung magagaling, kakausapin na lang ‘yung mga coaches. Kasi kapag open tryouts, baka maliliit ang dumating, masasayang lang ang oras natin,” Dungo said.