Newly formed beach volleyball teams from the Philippines are betting on Olympic slots next week. And while expectations must be managed, the team is expected to gain valuable competition time to prepare for the Southeast Asian Games later this year.
No one is counting on the country simply coming out of a long hiatus and suddenly winning the Asian Volleyball Confederation Continental Cup titles to be played in Thailand from June 14-18.
“But it would be worth a try,” said Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) president Ramon “Tats” Suzara. “[I]lucky. The competition is very tough. “
The match will only award tickets to Tokyo to the champions of the men’s and women’s divisions. And with the bronze medalists from the Southeast Asian Games (SEA) taking on some of the best Asian teams in the country, the Philippines’ season in Thailand is put to better use. “This is also a very good exposure for the national teams for the Southeast Asian Games,” Suzara said.
The tournament will be the PNVF’s big step since it gained the authority of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) to administer volleyball affairs in the country.
The national beach volleyball squads are currently in “bubble training” in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, under the supervision of PNVF officer Charo Soriano, whose beach volleyball tour sparked the revival of the discipline. Ann Rondina and Bernadeth Pons.
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