PVL passes conference for the third time – with or without import – despite PNVF recommendation

PVL President Ricky Palou

PVL Chairman Ricky Palou (right). – PHOTO of PVL

MANILA, Philippines —The President of the Top Volleyball Federation Ricky Palou assures a third General Assembly this season despite the recommendation of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) to “not sign with Foreign guest players need to go through an International Transfer Certificate.”

Palou said Thursday the league will work out the issue with 11 teams and PNVF, but PVL will continue with the season-ending tournament – traditionally the Import Boost Conference – with or without imports. .

“We have discussed it with the team managers and they will go back to their principals, the owners of the clubs, and then back to us. We need a few days. Next week, we will know what the plan is but we will definitely have a third meeting with or without imports,” said PVL chairman.


Philippine women's volleyball team at SEA Games 2023. –PNVF PHOTO

Philippine women’s volleyball team at SEA Games 2023. –PNVF PHOTO

Inquirer sources on Thursday revealed that the PNVF wrote a letter to PVL regarding their running of the tournament without valid permission during what the FIVB calls the National Team Phase from May 16 to October 15, in which national team competitions take precedence.

PNVF, in a letter signed by president Tats Suzara to Palou dated June 24, cited Article 6.1.1.b of the FIVB Sports Regulations 2022, stating that “National tournaments can only operate during this period if approved by FIVB. “

However, PNVF said the tournament’s schedule and ongoing conferences are being carried out during the National Team’s season “without explicit and legitimate permission”.

Among the PNVF recommendations is to retrain “the signing of foreign mission players who need to go through the ITC procedure for 2023,” potentially affecting hiring foreigners for the Conference. increase.

It also added that “any request originating from PVL member groups will not be processed.”

PNVF also said it has repeatedly contacted PVL – the country’s first professional volleyball league – since 2022 about synchronizing their fixtures with the FIVB’s schedule, as “means compliance” The match schedule is determined by Ir”.

The volleyball governing body also said that PVL’s schedule had affected the national volleyball team’s program.

“However, scheduling conflicts persisted into this season, with the interests of the National Team program ultimately compromised. We continue to hope that PVL will review the conformity of the schedule with the FIVB regulations, in order to satisfy and serve all stakeholders of the sport,” the PNVF letter read.

PVL has lent its players to national teams in previous tournaments as the All-Philippines Conference concluded ahead of the 32nd Southeast Asian Games with an all-pro team featuring the Philippine team banner consisting of: seven people. Ice cream player.

During the AVC Challenge Cup that just ended in Indonesia, players from Akari and other clubs represented the country and finished in seventh place. The tournament’s invite conference was also originally scheduled to open on June 6 last year but it was moved to a later date due to the Asian tournament.

Palou, also a member of the board of directors of PNVF, is confident that the issues will be resolved, especially with the FIVB representative flying to the country to host the National Volleyball Championship next week. next.

“Tats [Suzara] said that there was a letter from the FIVB saying that we can conduct this conference but they will not grant the ITC for the third conference or the Enhanced Conference. But I said, it’s something that we can discuss since the FIVB is coming,” Palou said.

“I think everything is solvable. We just have to sit down and [talk] about all the problems and issues and then make a decision.

“After VNL, everything will be final because [members of the] FIVB is coming so I think Tats’ idea is that we should all sit together and figure something out.”

Palou added that the 11 teams – which is the largest pitch in PVL after the addition of three teams this season – are also not worried about the possibility of no imports for the third congress.

“Teams do not [worried.] For them, with or without import, we will have a third conference e. They are after exposure. They really want a conference whether imported or not, I’m sure they’ll want to continue,” he said.

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