MANILA, Philippines – Even the rainy season cannot stop the 32 beach volleyball teams that are competing for the national title in the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) on Tour National Championship on July 28 to 30 at the Anguib Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
After seven BVR legs all over the country, 16 teams each in the men's and women's division will slug it out in the event, which has been sanctioned by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., as the qualifier for aspiring national bets to the Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Games in Singapore.
The Top 3 in each division will be included in the national training pool, from which the LVPI will then select the country's official representatives to the international competition.
"We're really excited not only for BVR but for the direction of beach volleyball. We go to international tournaments without practice and still win some games. We're excited about what we can acheive with preparation," said BVR founder Bea Tan on Tuesday at the Delimondo Café in Makati.
Partial list of the participating teams include Far Eastern University, Dipolog, Philippine Coast Guard, National University, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Rizal Technological University (RTU), University of St. La Salle Bacolod, Ateneo de Manila University, and Philippine Navy in the men's division; and RTU, Ateneo, Iloilo, Cebu, Bacolod, Tagum, Philippine National Police, and Perlas in the Women's division.
With the dream of making the Philippines the beach volleyball hub in Asia, BVR has been organizing beach volleyball tournaments that do not only feature the best beach volleyball players in the country but promotes the beauty of the country.
It also conducts "sandroots" activities to inspire and train young Filipino athletes to love and excel in the sport of beach volleyball.
Aside from the chance to represent the flag, the teams will also be fighting for the grand prize of P50,000, with the runner up receiving P30,000 and the third placer getting P15,000.