PH volleyball team trains in Japan under the exchange program

Philippine women's volleyball team SEA Games

FILE–Philippines women’s volleyball team at SEA Games 31. AVC PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines men’s and women’s volleyball and beach volleyball teams will train in Japan as part of preparations for the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia.

The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) on Wednesday announced that it has established a Training Exchange Program with the Japan Volleyball Association (JVA).

The boys and girls volleyball teams will hold training camps with Japanese university or club teams for two weeks in April, a month before the SEA Games.

Beach volleyball teams will have a training camp at the Toyota Center in Hekinan City, Aichi Prefecture in February and March.

Teams led by Jovelyn Gonzaga and Sisi Rondina with male players Krung Arbasto and Jude Garcia will also begin training at Club Laiya in Batangas in January.

The partnership will also set up a friendly match between the Philippines men’s volleyball team and the much-loved Japanese team, which will take place before the National Volleyball Championships. The country will again host the event in June next year.

The PNVF-JVA started cooperation from July with president Ramon “Tats” Suzara meeting Japan’s head of volleyball Shunichi Kawai on Monday at JVA headquarters in Tokyo to sign off on a program involving the national indoor and beach volleyball teams of both countries. family.

“It is an honor and privilege to work alongside such a strong federation with such a great tradition and rich history in the sport,” said Suzara, who is supported by PNVF executive director Marie Louise Principe and assistant. executive manager Antonio Carlos Jr, said.

“This collaborative partnership of PNVF with JVA helps underline FIVB initiatives in the Empowerment Committee, which aims to strengthen the national training programs of the various federations through knowledge transfer. knowledge and sharing best practices,” added Suzara, who was appointed by the International Volleyball Federation or FIVB as the secretarial representative of its Empowerment Committee.

Beach volleyball teams are looking to overcome the achievement of consecutive bronze medals in the past two SEA Games.

The men’s volleyball team coached by Dante Alinsunurin is looking to redeem themselves after missing the podium in Hanoi, Vietnam, failing to maintain a runner-up position in Manila three years ago.

The women’s volleyball team with many roster changes at major international tournaments in 2022 has not been on the SEA Games podium since 2005.

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