CAGAYAN Valley played minus Thai imports Amporn Hyapha and Pacahree Saengmuang in its debut game in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Foreign Reinforced Conference opposite Philippine Army after failing to secure an International Transfer Certificate from the world governing body FIVB (Federacion du International Volleyball).
At least it will take three to seven days before the ITC is issued by the FIVB for players who want to see action in leagues in other countries.
Without the two, the Lady Rising Suns lost to the Lady Troopers in five grueling sets, 25-17, 17-25, 25-17, 21-25, 13-15.
Sports Vision official Ricky Palou said the organizers were surprised that there is such a requirement needed, noting this is the first time it happened in the 11-year history of the premiere volleyball league in the country.
Sports Vision, which organizes the Shakey's V-League, got a word from the Thailand Volleyball Association that an ITC is really needed. And failure of the tournament or players to comply to the rule will result in the banning of both players in volleyball leagues in Thailand for at least two years.
“From the beginning since the First Season we were inviting foreign players to play in our league (and) we were surprised nga that this happened,” said Palou.
“We've been here for 11 years and it's the first time they asked us to get one. So we will just comply, tomorrow we will meet with them,” he added.
“We will ask the Philippine Volleyball Fedaration to register the players (to the FIVB).”