Now that the Philippine national women’s volleyball training pool has been revealed, the fans of the sport demands an answer on a more pressing matter: which young athletes will comprise the team who will battle it out in the forthcoming Asian Under-23 Championships?
With the competition set in May 2015 in Manila, Philippine Volleyball Federation President Karl Chan shared his excitement as the locals will get to test their mettle against the best of Asia.
Talking to Rivals during the national teams’ press conference held at New World Hotel, Chan also shared which players they are looking at to provide backup to those in the seniors team who are still eligible in the U23 tourney.
“It’s already scheduled May 1-9 of next year in Manila. This is an Asian Championships so we will have all the powerhouses here. We will have China, Japan, Korea, Thailand they will all be coming.” Chan told Rivals.
“What you see before you is the 18 players that would comprise the national team pool. Apart from that, hindi lang hanggang dun lang. The coaching staff will still be inviting other players who will comprise at dadagdag naman dun sa Under 23.”
Citing their intention to get a good mix of players from the U17 team, who placed seventh in a continental tourney held in Thailand this month, and those who tried out but were not picked for the seniors team, the PVF President revealed they are considering adding a couple of more names in the 18-woman pool of talents.
“Our U17 competed in Thailand and did well. Even the players in the Under-17 can already play in the international level. This is also one of the things to look at once selecting for the Under-23.” he quipped.
“Yung 18 players natin, dadagdagan yan. All in all, when they have their trainings, I think the coaches will be inviting some of the players below 23 to join dun sa practices natin.”
“Some of them, yung mga di nakasama sa 18, i-invite pa din kasi it has to create a training pool,” he added. “If we have to emulate from Brazil or USA, they have a core of 24 players. Yun ang training pool nila. From 24, kaya nilang mag mix and match ng players.”
And with the outpour of support that volleyball has been receiving from sponsor PLDT, Karl Chan also revealed that other than the 2015 SEA Games and the U23 Asian Tournament, PVF is also working on sending a delegation in the biennial Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship to be held in China in June 2015.
Though nothing has been finalized yet regarding the matter, he said they are open to it as it is the only competition the country can join wherein it can gather points to continuously go up in the FIVB world ranking.
“Actually, all in all, it would all depend on the support of our sponsor. For next year, all our athletes sa seniors will be competing in at least three events,” he said. “We will be joining the U23, the SEA Games and as well as the Asian Championships. Every two years kasi yan eh. Last time we joined was 2013 so for 2015, may Asian Championships ulit. So definitely, that’s one of the things that we are going to pursue because that’s an advantage for us kasi pwede tayo maka-angat ng rankings sa FIVB.”
Source : Mac Dionisio, Rivals.ph