AIR Force won't join in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference tentatively set on May 8 under a bubble format at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.
PVL president Ricky Palou said that Air Force, which was initially listed as part of the 12-team field, is not seeing action in the league's professional debut in May.
"Air Force said its team will not participate dahil kulang pa sila sa players. Hindi pa sila handa magcompete," he said.
The Lady Jet Spikers and Army Lady Troopers were supposed to be given a special guest license from the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) for them to play in the first professional volleyball league in the country.
Air Force, which won a silver medal in the 2016 V-League -- its best finish in the pioneering club volleyball tournament, once skipped the Reinforced Conference two years ago but returned in the Open Conference with a fifth-place finish.
Military personnel have been busy manning the frontlines this COVID-19 pandemic.
With Air Force not joining the conference, PVL has 11 teams led by reigning champion Creamline, Petro Gazz, Perlas Spikers, BaliPure, Choco Mucho, guest team Army and newcomer Unlimited Athletes Club as well as Chery Tiggo, Cignal, PLDT and Sta. Lucia.