She doesn't need an ITC -- PVL prexy Palou on Kiwi Amy Ahomiro
She doesn’t (need an ITC) because she resides here and she’s not a registered player of FIVB -- PVL president Ricky Palou
Premier Volleyball League president Ricky Palou clarified the issue regarding the need for Xentro Mall-Perlas middle blocker Amy Ahomiro to secure an International Transfer Certificate to be able to suit up in the Open Conference starting July 1.
Ahomiro was allowed to play in the tournament after the PVL amended a rule giving non-Filipino players with Alien Certificate of Residence (ACR) provided they have been residing in the Philippines for at least a decade the greenlight to participate in the conference.
The former Ateneo de Manila University star has been residing in the country since her high school days in Brent School.
A New Zealand national, Ahomiro according to Palou is not a registered player of that country and there’s no need for her to secure an ITC.
“She doesn’t (need an ITC) because she resides here and she’s not a registered player of FIVB,” said Palou on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters’ Association Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City. “She’s been going to school here since high school. So she doesn’t need to get an ITC.”
Palou further explained that Ahomiro as per league rule is very much eligible to play.
“The reason why foreign players want to get an ITC is because if they don’t get that ITC, which requires the approval of their national federation, the foreign club teams and the FIVB, chances are they will get suspended,” said Palou, also the secretary general of Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. “Hanap-buhay nila ‘yan kaya ayaw nilang masuspinde sila.”
“But as far as Amy Ahomiro is concerned, she is not a registered in any international federation,” he added.
Ahomiro is a key player of the Spikers, who will miss the services of skipper Dzi Gervacio who is taking a leave of absence to study in the United States for two months.
She thus rejoin a talented crew of former University of the Philippines standouts Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon, Ateneo libero Gizelle Tan, Ella de Jesus, Jem Ferrer, Suzanne Roces, Mae Tajima and Sasa Devanadera.
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