The Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) is forming the Philippine national girls volleyball team from the best girl players in the Batang Pinoy Championship which has been moved early next year in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
PVF Secretary General Rustico “Otie” Camangian said that some of the officials will go to Bacolod to observe the games, and eventually pick potential players that can be included in the two national youth teams to be formed.
“The team has discovered many raw talents who qualified in the national finals of Batang Pinoy. So we will be looking at these players. Maybe we will talk to them and explain to them the possibilities of being included in the national youth team, ” said Camagian.
The national youth girls and the under 23 will be formed and trained to prepare them for the two international volleyball tournaments that are scheduled to be hosted by Philippines in 2014 and 2015.
This came after the Asian Volleyball Confederation gave the hosting rights to the Philippines of two big international indoor volleyball tournaments as part of their help to put volleyball back in the country’s sports map.
AVC Executive Vice President Shanrit Wongprasert personally gave the hosting rights to the Philippines for the big international events for high school and collegiate players.
“We were awarded the Asian Youth Girls Volleyball Championship 2014 and the Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship 2015 by the AVC as part of the Philippines to be active again in the world volleyball community and to earn as well with the hosting to support our development program,” stressed Camangian.
“The AVC is helping us now so we can pay the long overdue money that we owe to FIVB; the $100,000 royalty fee for hosting the Grand Prix and for us to again to able to compete in the sanctioned world ranking tournament,” explained Camangian.
The last 9th Asian Youth Girls Volleyball Championship was staged in Chengdu, China where Japan beat China (25-19, 26-24, 23-25, 25-18) to qualify for the 2013 FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship.
The last time Philippines hosted an Asian youth tournament was in 2005, when Mandaue City (Cebu) hosting the 2005 Asian Youth Girls Volleyball Championship.