The Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) has formally appealed yesterday to the Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission for the inclusion of the volleyball women’s team to the official delegation of the country’s participation in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Naypritaw, Myanmar this December.
At the expanded executive board meeting of POC yesterday, PVC Secretary General Prof. Rustico Camangian defended the inclusion of the PH women’s volleyball team because of it’s showing at the 17th AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in Nakhorn Ratchasima, Thailand.
“We strongly appeal for the inclusion of the national women’s volleyball team which we feel in the association as the most credible team to be sent to the SEA Games,” said Camangian who joined the POC executive board meeting at the PhilSports Arena.
“We have talk to Philippines chef de mission Col. Jeff Tamayo and we also sent a letter to the Philippine Olympic Committee on the condition and justification for the inclusion of the team to the SEA Games,” stressed Camangian.
Camangian explained that even if the team only placed 12th at the biennial tournament organized by the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC), it is just right for POC and PSC to keep this team which is composed of the best and strongest players in the country.
“This is a team composed of the best players available anytime, and doesn’t need to be borrowed from the universities. Also, a lot of supporters of Philippine volleyball wanted to see a team in SEA Games so we hope that the POC and PSC will give them the chance to prove themselves,” stressed Camangian.
Not only the Filipino supporters of the women’s team hope to see the team’s come-back at this year’s SEA Games, but also the games’ participating countries.
“They (SEA games countries) are hoping to see the Philippines have a team again participating in the international community. Maybe it is because of our friendly traits, not only in our games, but because they also want to play with us. We now have available players, the team is available, it is ready and they are really wanting to represent the country,” states ex-national player Camangian.
Members of the Philippine Volleyball women’s team are also hoping that they will be given a chance to join the SEA Games after a long time of not playing in this international tournament.
“Our national players are really wanting to gain lost honor and prestige in the volleyball community. Remember, we were once powerhouse in the region but it’s been a while since we participated in SEA Games that’s why our ranking went down.,” added Camangian.