ALTHOUGH it is 5,000 feet above sea level and nearly 40 kilometers away from the nearest beach, Baguio will have beach volleyball as a demonstration sports in the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet on Feb. 6.
Cordillera Volleyball Association secretary general Danilo Cong-o on Thursday said the Department of Education–Cordillera has included the event during its meeting with event managers on that day.
January and February are also the coldest months in Baguio with the coldest days registered on the first week of the love month.
It will be a one day competition on February where representatives from Apayao, Abra, Ifugao, Benguet, Kalinga, Mountain Province and host Baguio will play in a two bracket single round robin event.
Competition will actually come after the orientation on Feb. 7, said CVA president Danilo Eduardo of the King’s College of the Philippines.
Eduardo said that each division could send a team of three players with two to play in a set. Uniform is cycling short and sports bra that could be topped with sando.
“A player could substitute another in the next set only,” said Eduardo, although that is possible only in the cross-over semifinals and the finals since the eliminations will be a single set affair.
The winner is expected to represent the region in the Palarong Pambansa where the event is also a demonstration sport. Last May, the region started slow in the event before peaking up and Cong-o said that this time, the players will be readier for the bigger stage.
Cong-o, head of the Center of Sports Development of the University of the Cordilleras, said that hosting the Caraa beach volleyball competition will actually start work for the CVA which was formed last year after the Philippine Volleyball Federation – Cordillera was dissolved. However, it still recognizes the PVF national leadership.
The CVA is also eyeing a national competition on March 5-6 at the sand volleyball court at the Baguio Athletic Bowl.
At least 16 teams are being eyed to play in the competition that will include local teams as well as duos from Manila and other provinces.
He said that invitations have been sent already through the PVF.
Meanwhile, requests have been made with City Hall to make the area as permanent home of beach volleyball. Letters have been sent to Baguio Representative Nicasio Aliping, Jr. and mayor Mauricio Domogan to formalize the CVA’s stewardship of the area.
Same area has been used the last three years for the staging of the Baguio Beach Volleyball Championship. (PL)