THE PHILIPPINE Volleyball Federation (PVF) will spearhead the formation of a team that will compete in the 17th Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship set September 13 to 21 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Otie Camangian, appointed PVF secretary general, confirmed the country is sending a team to the tournament and their group will be the ones supervising the tryouts on a by-invitation basis only.
“We will be inviting players from the V-League, Bomberinas, UAAP, and NCAA who we think can really help the national team,” said Camangian.
During Friday’s formal ceremonial draw conducted by Asian Volleyball Confederation sports events president Shanrit Wongprasert and FIVB representative Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara, the Philippines found itself bracketed in Pool B of the 16-team tournament with 12-time champion China, Iran, and India.
Pool A is composed of Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, Australia, and Mongolia, while Pool C will have world No. 3 Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. Pool D is made up of South Korea, Chinese Taipei, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar.
The PVF-led team will be the third group that will attempt to represent the Philippines in international play in an effort to become the official national women’s volleyball team.
Just two weeks ago the V-Belles - a selection from the Shakey’s V-League – saw action in the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship qualifier in Vietnam and won one of three assignments.
The team, however, was denied recognition as the official national team since it didn’t have the blessing of the PVF and was only formed when the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) gave the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) the authority to select the players.
Prior to that, a team labeled as Bomberinas was also formed by a breakaway group in the PVF. But its hopes of donning the national colors were cut short when they lost in the gold medal of the Philippine National Games.
Incidentally, Suzara was also instrumental in the formation of the Bomberinas as his private firm conducted the tryouts in conjunction with PVF officials Dr. Ian Laurel and Vangie De Jesus.
Laurel and De Jesus were suspended for their actions as it was held without PVF consent.