PVL looking at holding closed door games once action resumes
Mark Escarlote on Jun 17, 2020 07:44 AM
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Once given the green light to proceed with the staging of their fourth season, the Premier Volleyball League is looking at holding games behind closed doors.
Although the fate of the PVL’s season-opening tournament is still up in the air due to the current situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, PVL organizer Sports Vision, through its president Ricky Palou, said that holding the games without an audience is one of their options as part of their health and safety measures.
“I think if we’ll be able to hold a tournament this year. It will probably be a closed-door tournament. No audience,” said Palou on Tuesday’s Crossover podcast.
“I don’t know how teams would react to that, how they will play with no audience watching. I hope they’ll be mature enough to play and give it their all,” he added.
Palou also said that if authorities do allow audience in the venue, safety protocols will be strictly observed.
“If the authorities will allow us to bring in an audience or people to watch, we’ll follow social distancing. Maybe one seat apart. That’s what we’re looking right now,” he said.
The PVL was originally set to kickoff the season-opening import-laden Reinforced Conference on May 30. The organizers decided to change their calendar and instead hold the Open Conference around September but with Metro Manila still under general community quarantine even that target date will likely not be feasible.
Still, Palou has high hopes of holding a tournament this year.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to do something before the end of the year. But what we’re hoping for and what we’re asking teams to do is to keep their players in shape,” he said.
The PVL official also shared that they are planning to follow the move of the PBA in requesting the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to resume team trainings and eventually holding the tournament.
“We’re planning to do that. I’m preparing something for all the teams to look at, review and hopefully they’ll comeback with some good feedbacks. We’ll prepare all of this together then we’ll make the formal request,” said Palou.
A PVL Fans Day is also in the pipeline two months from now.
“We’re thinking of having a fans day. Looking at scheduling it sometime in August. The fans day meet will be online,” Palou said.
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