No official venue yet for SEA Games volleyball
Mark Escarlote on Feb 12, 2019 05:51 PM
The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee has yet to finalize the venue for volleyball competition.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. will have to wait until February 15 to know which venue will be used for the sport in the 30th Southeast Asian Games late this year.
Volleyball association head Peter Cayco cleared that the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee will be the one to arrange the playing venue for the competition set to begin on November 28.
PHISGOC originally considered the Araneta Coliseum as the venue of the crowd-drawing sport but Cayco revealed that reservation problems with the 16,000-capacity arena could force them to look for an alternative.
“It’s PHISGOC, sila ang in charge na mag-secure ng venue. More on technical ang LVPI,” said Cayco on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. “When the inspection committee arrived this December our Secretary General Mr. (Ariel) Paredes and Mr. Shanrit (Wongpasert) of the AVC (Asian Volleyball Confederation) went to Smart Araneta and there we found out that they cannot give us all the dates kasi mayroon silang foreign bookings na concerts na last year pa raw naka-book.”
Cayco said that there are three other alternatives with the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna being the most feasible of option.
“Worst case scenario is Alonte. Kasi kasado na sa level of playing field ng AVC. OK na sila doon kasi ilang beses na ring naglaro doon,” the LVPI head said.
The Laguna venue has hosted international volleyball tournaments before including the AVC Asian Club Championship in 2016 and the Asian Women’s Senior Championship back in 2017.
Other venues considered to hold the volleyball games are the PhilSports Arena (Ultra) in Pasig and the Muntinlupa Sports Complex, which serves as an alternative venue in during the Asian Seniors two years ago.
“Ang problem with Ultra is we won’t get the maximum number of games per day kasi may ka-share tayong ibang events. So we will not finish in the number of days of competition,” explained Cayco, who added that Ultra will also be used by netball.
Around 11 countries are on tap to participate in the competition. The contest will have a rest day on November 30 to give way for the opening ceremonies.
Meanwhile, Cayco announced that the beach volleyball event will be held in Subic.
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