BALIPURE coach Roger Gorayeb couldn't help but rant about the lack of proper ventilation inside the PhilSports Arena during the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference games on Sunday.
Gorayeb was hot under the collar after BaliPure played Perlas in a five-setter that lasted more than two hours with the air-conditioning in the decades-old venue out undergoing repairs.
“Napaka ano nga eh, hindi naman inhumane, may term eh, lost for words ako,” said Gorayeb, whose dry fit polo shirt was already soaking wet with sweat after the match.
“Ako, kung ganito lang naman, kung walang air con na sobrang init kawawa ang player, kawawa ang nanonood (ng live).
“Sana ginawa na lang bukas ang laro kung hindi available ang Arena ngayon, kasi ganoon din naman eh, naglaro ako kahapon, laro ako ngayon at least nakapagpahinga pa ako,” added the veteran mentor, who was coming off a straight-set win over Philippine Air Force on Saturday.
“Or kung hindi pwede eh ‘di sa Miyerkules, pwede pa naman kasi may gap eh. Ganoon din naman sunud-sunod (ang games). Oh, eh ‘di ilagay mo na lang (sa isa pang date),” he continued.
“Hindi ’yung ganito ang hirap maglaro, nag-five sets pa. Kaya kita mo ang pawis ko, pawis ito eh. Wala na ang dry fit (na damit) ko, para na akong dinilaan ng baka ang ulo ko,” he said in jest.
PVL, which doesn’t have a Sunday playdate, updated its schedule four days ago to squeeze in as many games as possible before the expiration of the International Transfer Certificate extension awarded its imports by the FIVB.
The ITCS are set to lapse on June 15.
However, league officials explained it didn't know beforehand that the air-conditioning was out at the Philsports Arena.
“Hindi namin alam na walang air con pero pinilit na lang namin kasi hanggang June 15 lang (ang ITC ng imports),” said Eleonor Navarro of the organizing Sports Vision.