LVPI leaning towards withdrawal in Asian U-23 participation
(We) are seriously considering pulling out of the competition to concentrate on the SEA Games -- LVPI acting president Peter Cayco
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. is looking at the possibility of withdrawing its participation in the Asian Women’s U-23 Volleyball Championship in Thailand.
With the competition slated on May 13 to 21 and the composition of the team yet to be completed, LVPI acting president Peter Cayco said that the association is considering to skip the biennial competition and instead focus on the buildup for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 31.
“(We) are seriously considering pulling out of the competition to concentrate on the SEA Games,” Cayco told ABS-CBN Sports in a text message Sunday adding that LVPI will meet Monday to finalize their decision to withdraw.
LVPI announced the 25-man national team pool to be handled by coach Francis Vicente last Tuesday and among the names listed only a few qualified for the age bracket of the Asian U-23 while some of the handpicked players are yet to commit with the team.
With most of age-qualified players still competing in the UAAP and the league projected to end on May 6, there will be limited time for preparation.
Cayco added that forming two teams could be impractical with these problems.
“We want to concentrate on the SEA Games and forming two teams would not help us. This is my main concern,” he said.
He added that it will be wiser to drop sending a squad in the U-23 tournament and just focus all efforts in building and training the SEA Games team.
“Ang goal naman natin is podium finish sa SEA Games para mag-qualify sa (2018 Jakarta, Indonesia) Asian Games, Cayco said.
Two years ago, the Philippines hosted the Asian U-23 tilt.
The squad headlined by Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago finished seventh in a field of 12.
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