There’s hope for the country’s men’s volleyball squad to join the 28th Southeast Asian Games after the Sea Games management committee yesterday made available more slots in the national roster.
Chief of mission Julian Camacho yesterday said 50 additional slots were added to accommodate athletes from men’s volleyball, women’s water polo and women’s dragon boat squads in the biennial meet set on June 5 to 16 in Singapore.
The men’s volleyball squad, however, is an intriguing addition, especially after its national federation — the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. — was recognized by the International Volleyball Federation and the Asian Volleyball Confederation only recently.
POC first vice-president Joey Romasanta was named as president while Ricky Palou of Shakey’s V-League and University Athletic Association of the Philippines was appointed secretary-general.
The POC is expected to formally recognize the LVPI in its general assembly meeting on March 25.
POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco had sat down with national coaches Sammy Acaylar and Roger Gorayeb, instructing them to expedite the selection process to beat the deadline for the submission of names on April 1.
“They had a long talk Monday night,” said a well-placed source. “Mr. Cojuangco is asking the coaches to fast track the selection process of the national pool for the Asian U23 Women’s Championship and the Sea Games. He also told them that they will include the men’s team to give them enough exposure for the 2017 Sea Games.”
With the inclusion of the three team sports, the number of athletes swelled to 452, making it one of the biggest Sea Games delegations for Team Philippines, which is hoping to finish better than its previous standing of seventh place.
Camacho said they will also open slots for national sports associations who want to finance their own athletes as part of their program.
“But still, they have to justify their inclusion,” Camacho said.
Source : Tribune.net.ph