New PVL rule bars Ahomiro, Saengmuang from playing in the Open Conference
Perlas middle blocker Amy Ahomiro will have to sit out the all-Filipino PVL Open Conference.
Perlas middle blocker Amy Ahomiro and Thai Pacharee Sangmuang of the Power Smashers were barred from seeing action in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference set to begin on July 1.
The league will no longer allow players with an Alien Certificate of Residence (ACR), thus blocking the stints of Ahomiro and Sangmuang.
Sports Vision president Ricky Palou said Wednesday that the board voted against the "ACR rule" during their meeting last Tuesday night, disallowing foreigners who are permanent residents in the country and ACR holders to see action.
Ahomiro, a Kiwi national and a former Ateneo stalwart, and Sangmuang, a permanent resident the last three years, were set to play for the Perlas Spikers and the Power Smashers, respectively.
The new PVL ruling thus paves the way for the staging of an all-Filipino tournament.
"The rule has been changed about foreigners holding ACR. Teams voted that it should be All-Filipino and that players should be Philippine passport holders," said Palou.
Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar announced over the weekend that they were planning on fielding Sangmuang, who last played as an import for Air Force in the recent Reinforced Conference a few weeks back.