Philippines was awarded by the Asian Volleyball Confederation, the continental governing body of volleyball in Asia, to host the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championships this year.
After a long hiatus, Philippines is now ready to take international hosting duties. Philippine Volleyball Federation acting President Karl Chan said that they are now on the right track in resurrecting the glory of Philippines in volleyball world.
“The PVF is on the right track in bringing the Philippines back to the international scene,” said by Pres. Chan in a message sent to Spikersleague.
“Careful planning needs to be done and we would not like to repeat the mistakes of the past. It is the desire of the current interim board that as we finished our tenure, the PVF and volleyball in general, not only in Manila, will be a bit closer to the glory years,” he added.
Philippines is set to host the 2014 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championships slated this April from 8-16. PVF is also set to form a team from a club in Philippine Superliga or a selection team.
President Chan said, “Initially the Philippines was given the chance to host the Asian Youth Girls VBC which we borrowed the rights from Thailand. Since Vietnam declined from hosting the Asian Men’s Club then AVC requested that we host the event instead. So the rights to hosting the Asian Youth Girls VBC is returned back to Thailand.”
Remember that Philippines moved up in the latest FIVB rankings (women’s division) from 112th to 100th (thanks to the V-League Selection and Fibr Power Pinays) while the men’s division is left behind at rank 127th. (From the FIVB Senior World Rankings as of Oct. 7, 2013)
Top cub teams in Asia are expected to join such as the defending champions Kallen Madanzaran of Iran, Al-Rayyan of Qatar, Taiwan Power Company of Taiwan, Rahat Almaty of Kazakhstan, Chonburi of Thailand, etc.
The champion of this tournament will qualify for the 2014 Club World Championships.
The 2009 Asian Men’s Senior Volleyball Championships was also held in Manila from September 23-October 5 which was joined by 18 teams.
The women’s volleyball team is also set to join the 2014 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships in Thailand this coming April 15-23. The team that will be sent is yet to be announced. Let’s wait for the official line-up from the Philippine Volleyball Federation.