After IATF approves basketball and football training, is volleyball next?

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2020 07:05 PM

Volleyball was not among the sports cleared on Friday by the Inter Agency Task Force to return to training.

But executives of the Premier Volleyball League and the Philippine Superliga said they were hopeful their sport will follow suit soon.

“We’re preparing a request. Ang sinasabi kasi nila ay professional sports muna and sa amateurs parang wala pa, but we’re working on it,” PVL organizer Sports Vision president Ricky Palou said in an article posted on ABS-CBN Sports. 

PSL president Dr. Ian Laurel said the IATF's move to allow basketball, football and boxing training is a positive sign for volleyball.

“Ang expectation natin ay susunod na tayo,” Laurel said. “It’s a step in the right direction or signal that sports are being discussed in the IATF.”

“Hindi naman mahalaga kung sino ang unang papayagan. Ang importante yung konsepto na yung sports kino-consider at napag-uusapan. Pero susunod na yan very optimistic ako.”

Palou said that since they are considered amateur leagues, they will course their request through the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

“Kami, ang PSC ang kailangan naming lapitan. Kapag amateur kasi PSC. What will happen is PSC will endorse it to IATF. Bahala na ang IATF kung papayag sila o hindi,” Palou said.

The PSL suspended its Grand Prix tournament last March when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. The PVL, meanwhile, decided to delay its fourth season due to the pandemic.

“We’re hoping (na mapayagan na rin ang volleyball). They’ve already allowed football and basketball, siguro naman there’s no reason why (volleyball should not be allowed to resume)," said Palou.

"As long we comply with what they want and we comply with their protocols. I don’t see why [volleyball] shouldn’t be allowed.”

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