PHI volleyball team no concerns on an Indonesian player's gender "technicality"

Mark Escarlote on Jun 08, 2015 04:41 PM
PHI volleyball team no concerns on an Indonesian's gender
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta said that though the possible inclusion of the allegedly hermaphrodite Aprilia Manganang in the Indonesian lineup raised some concern, he would rather leave it to the technical officers to decide.

SINGAPORE --- The possibility of filing a protest against Indonesia before the technical committee regarding the alleged hermaphrodite player Aprilia Manganang in the technical meeting on Tuesday is the least of the Philippine national women’s team’s worries.

Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta said that though it did raised some concern, he would rather leave it to the technical officers to decide.

"That’s for the technical official to look in to," said Romasanta, being careful that "it may not even be a fair speculation."

The Filipinas will open their campaign on Wednesday against the 23-year-old Manganang and the Indonesian team at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 inside the Singapore Sports Hub.

Romasanta said that they will just wait until the managers meeting.

"It may be raised if the name would be part of the lineup in the managers meeting. But we need to be very careful about that we are dealing with something which may cause embarrassment," said the LVPI head.

Head coach Roger Gorayeb said that he already saw how Manganang play years ago in the Asian World qualifier, saying that she has the power and strength of a man.

"Napakalakas nu’n. Para kang naglagay ng lalaking player sa team ng babae," he said.

But for Romasanta dealing with the technicalities is not their priority.

"We don’t really want to concern ourselves about that, I think what we need to be concerned about is how we are preparing and how are we going to play," he said.

After taking on Indonesia, the 2013 edition’s bronze medalist, the Pinays will face Malaysia on June 11 and the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games runner up Vietnam on June 13.

Team Philippines flag-bearer Alyssa Valdez will banner the squad, on its first SEA Games appearance since 2005, together with Grethcel Soltones, Jia Morado, Bea De Leon, libero Denden Lazaro, skipper Jovelyn Gonzaga, Rachel Anne Daquis, Abigail Marano, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz and the Santiago sisters Jaja and Dindin.

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