PHI volleyball team in peril of joining 2017 SEA Games
Mark Escarlote on Dec 22, 2016 06:33 PM
The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. will need to justify the inclusion of a volleyball team to the 29th Southeast Asian Games next year after falling short of the criteria set by the joint Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Olympic Committee Task Force.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. has yet to submit their entry to the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 31 next year.
The joint Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Olympic Committee Task Force on Thursday said that they are still waiting for the country’s volleyball association’s entry by numbers that will be included in the estimated size of the country’s delegation in the biennial meet.
“Actually nakikipag-coordinate naman kami sa volleyball. Waiting lang kami sa kanila but I think they will join naman,” said POC representative to Task Force Raymond Reyes, who is also the karatedo secretary general. “Submission by numbers pa naman ang nangyari pero may time pa naman habulin.”
The deadline for national sports association to submit their entries is on Friday.
But even if LVPI submits a team both in the men’s and women’s division of 12 players each, they will still need to justify their inclusion.
The Task Force came up with a very strict criteria for participation in the regional meet.
And based on those criteria set by the Task Force headed by POC selection committee chairman Tomas Carrasco the country’s volleyball team is ineligible to play.
Those who want to join the SEA Games must be a medalist of the 2015 Singapore SEA Games and must have significant achievement in other major international tournaments like the Olympics or world championships.
The Philippine men’s and women’s teams failed to win a medal in the Singapore SEA Games as they saw action for the first time following more than a decade of absence.
Outside of inter-club and school-based international competitions, the national men's and women's squads didn't join any international event after the SEA Games.
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