Richard Gomez (5th from the left) with the Philippine national volleyball team. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA – Actor Richard Gomez will be donning the Philippine colors when he joins the country’s national volleyball team at the inaugural Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship next month.
The 47-year-old Kapamilya star said age won’t be a factor, and that he secured his place in the Philippine squad by going through the team tryouts.
“Nung nakikita ko ‘yung nagta-try out, ang babata nilang lahat pero sabi ko sa kanila age doesn’t matter for as long kaya kong tapatan ang physical ability nila at lakas,” said Gomez.
The actor has represented the Philippines in past international tournaments, competing in sports such as fencing, shooting and rowing.
The Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship will take place at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena and Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City from April 8 to 16.
Also making it to the national team are Australian reinforcements Cedric Legrand and William Robert Lewis, JP Torres, Ronjay Galang, Jeffrey Malabanan, Alnakaran Abdilla, Jason Ramos and Rodolfo Labrador.
Francis Vicente will be calling the shots for the team.
Gomez, who has been playing volleyball since his elementary school days, assured he will be giving his 100 percent, despite his showbiz commitments.
“I will do my best and nagpay off sa pagtitiyaga sa training at focus sa game,” he said. – Reports from Marie Lozano, ABS-CBN News, and Joey Villar, The Philippine Star