Robins-Hardy to miss SEA Games -- Romasanta
Mark Escarlote on Oct 04, 2019 02:34 PM
Fil-American Alohi Robins-Hardy won't secure a Philippine passport in time to be able to suit up for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in November. (Photo courtesy of @ThailandVolleyball)
Setter Alohi Robins-Hardy opted to withdraw from the Southeast Asian Games pool following some issues in securing a Philippine passport that will enable her to suit up for biennial meet that the country will host in November.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta in a conversation with reporters on Friday, explained that the 6-foot-2 Fil-American also decided to skip the ASEAN Grand Prix second leg to give way to other members of the pool that are using the four-nation tournament as part of their buildup for the SEA Games set to begin on Nov 30.
“Alohi wants to give way na doon sa mga members ng team kasi nga di na siya makakahabol for the Southeast Asian Games gawa na may problema sa pag-secure ng Philippine passport,” said Romasanta.
An athlete to participate in the SEA Games must secure a passport from the country he or she is representing.
Robins-Hardy and injured hitter Kalei Mau were replaced by playmaker Jasmine Nabor and Grethcel Soltones in the national team playing in the ASEAN GP slated from Oct. 4-6 against teams from Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.
Robins-Hardy and Mau saw action in the Nationals’ third place finish in the first leg of the ASEAN Grand Prix in Thailand two weeks ago.
Romasanta added that they are already working with Robins-Hardy in processing her passport but it will take time.
“Medyo mahaba kasi ang process ng pagkuha niya ng passport and she won’t get it in time para sa SEA Games kasi by October 7 na ang deadline for submission of names,” said Romasanta.
The 2019 ASEAN Grand Prix second leg will be available via iWant and livestream (Philippines only). Livestream abroad is available via TFC.tv.
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