A DECISION by the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) board has closed the door on Amy Ahomiro and other permanent residents who want to play in the country's pioneering league.
On Wednesday, Ricky Palou, president of organizing Sports Vision, said the league board has decided to stop the practice of allowing foreign players who are permanent residents in the country to see action in its tournaments.
The decision, reached on Tuesday night, will take effect beginning in the Open Conference - the league's all-Filipino tournament - opening on July 1.
"The rule has been changed about foreigners holding ACR (Alien Certificate of Residence). Teams voted that it should be all-Filipino and that players should be Philippine passport holders," said Palou.
The rule change should be a big blow for New Zealand national Ahomiro, a former standout of the Ateneo Lady Eagles in the UAAP who has played for Pocari Sweat and Perlas Pilipinas in the PVL and its predecessor, the Shakey's V-League.
Also affected was Sangmuang, a former skipper of the Thailand national team and a permanent resident in the country the last three years.
Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar announced over the weekend that they are fielding Sangmuang, who last played as an import for Air Force in the recent Reinforced Conference a few weeks back, in the Open conference.
Obviously, some teams were not happy with the rule allowing ACR holders to play in the league's all-Filipino tournaments, which some teams feel 'can be subject to abuse.'
Take a look at a series of tweets by Pocari Sweat team manager Eric Ty, who also hinted that it was Ahomiro's 'former team' that made the protest against the ACR rule.