AFP gives green light to Pinay spikers, rest of military athletes

Mark Escarlote on Jul 28, 2015 04:01 PM
AFP gives go signal to Pinay spikers, all military athletes
Volleyball star Jovelyn Gonzaga and all enlisted military athletes can now resume their training and duties with the national team.

Volleybelles Jovelyn Gonzaga, Rhea Dimaculangan, Honey Royse Tubino and Maika Ortiz together with other enlisted athletes and coaches were all given the green light by the military to train and fulfill their duties in the national team.

A total of 119 military athletes are now free to return to their respective national team training camps and hubs.

The release or special order called detailed service (DS) coming from the Armed Forces of the Philippines came a little bit late especially for the Pinay spikers, who needed the services of the four veterans for the ongoing invitational tournament in Vietnam.

Army enlisted Gonzaga and Tubino and Air Force’s Dimaculangan and Ortiz were supposed to join the hastily assembled team sent by the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. to Vietnam last week. But a day after the team composition was released, the four were not allowed to join the squad without a DS from their respective mother units.

LVPI still sent a team to the tourney composed of only nine players. The squad was pummeled by the oppositions in the first three games of the 6-team meet.

Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia said that the agency has requested a renewal of the PSC-AFP memorandum of understanding last June 25 ahead of their old MOU’s expiration last June 30.

But the change in AFP command delayed the process and stalled the training and participation of athletes in international events.

Other sports heavily affected by the delay of their military athletes’ permits are boxing and weightlifting – all vying for slots in the 2016 Rio Olympics – but with the development can now resume their training.                        

The new MOU is expected to be finalized within the week.





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