Volleyball federation seeks immediate Olympic committee recognition

THE leadership of the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) is hoping to have an audience with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) as a legitimate national sports association (NSA).

With the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) recognizing PVF as the duly representative of the country in the international governing body of volleyball, managing director Rustico Camangian said the PVF is optimistic they will be reinstated as the country’s NSA and put order in Philippine volleyball.

Camangian cited during the 36th FIVB Congress in Cancun, Mexico in March, 94 countries voted not to expel PVF from FIVB. The FIVB in its website, stated a total of 24 countries failed to attend the congress, which meant an addition of 24 more votes for the side of non-expulsion. Hence, a total of 118 votes went to the non-expulsion of PVF which is 53.2% of the total number votes of the FIVB General Assembly (GA). Only 46.8% or 104 voted for the expulsion of PVF.

“It was proven that PVF was not expelled by FIVB, therefore, the PVF remains the national sports association for volleyball in the Philippines. PVF is included in the FIVB website in the confederation directory,” said Camangian.

Camangian added PVF, thru its president Edgardo Cantada is exerting effort to have an audience with the POC and explain that PVF is the legitimate NSA.

“We are just waiting for the reply of POC. With the present leadership of POC, I think president Abraham Tolentino has an independent mind, thinking what is good for Philippine Sports and making sure that the very principle of Olympics, fairness, sportsmanship will prevail,” Camangian said.

The PVF official, who graced the opening of the PVF Luzon Congress where close to 500 participants joined the two-day coaching and officiating seminar at the UC gym said it’s about time the problem should be resolved to be able to put program and entice sponsorships for Philippine volleyball.

“It’s already five years when tong problema na to erupted. Now the thing is, it really affected the program of Philippine volleyball in terms of making sure from grassroots to national team,” added Camangian. Camangain added the PVF leadership is hoping they will be reinstated by POC before January ends to be able to put a place a long term program for the sport. (Roderick Osis)


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