After long delay, Ricky Palou gets assurance ITCs of PVL imports will be released soon
PVL president Ricky Palou has been assured of the help of FIVB official Tats Suzara on the release on the ITCs of the imports in the pioneering volleyball league. Dante Peralta

AFTER a long wait, the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) expects its imports to finally play in the Reinforced Conference by Tuesday at the earliest.

PVL president Ricky Palou said he was able to speak with FIVB official Tats Suzara, who said he will try to get the international transfer certificates (ITCs) of the league imports signed by no less than FIVB president Ary Graca.

Suzara is also the head of the Philippine Super Liga (PSL).

“He will try to get it signed by tomorrow,” said Palou on Sunday. “The president of the FIVB is flying to Switzerland tomorrow and Carlos De Asis, who is in charge of the ITCs, will ask the president to sign the papers so that they can sign the ITCs.”

“We should have it by late Monday afternoon,” said Palou, adding he hopes the imports will be ready to play by Tuesday once the ITCs are released.

The absence of the ITCs, a requirement for players suiting up for club teams abroad, has kept the imports of the PVL teams from playing in a conference that began last April 30.

The ITC issue was one of the reasons cited by some PVL teams which declined to clear their players for Monday’s Clash of Heroes, an exhibition match that also serves as a tryout for the national team.

Among the players who were not given clearance to see action in the Clash of Heroes were Alyssa Valdez, Grethcel Soltones, Myla Pablo, and Elaine Kasilag.

Palou is hoping the ITCs will be available by Monday, but he isn't too optimistic.

“No idea kasi this has been going on for quite some time. I don’t understand why. I’ve talked to (Joey) Romasanta [Larong Volleyball Sa Pilipinas Inc. president], I’ve talked to Peter Cayco [LVPI vice president]. They said they’ve done everything they can.

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“I don’t understand because it should not be difficult to get the ITCs. It will be different if the imports that we have here played for the national team of other countries. But hindi eh. May mga player sila ng ibang clubs and the clubs have released them to us,” said Palou.

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