MANILA -- The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) just gave the final verdict: No more Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF).
The FIVB formally recognized the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas (LVP) led by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) as the new governing body of the sport in the country.
POC vice president Joey Romasanta presented Wednesday the one-page letter dated January 27 from FIVB president Ary Graca, granting its provisionary blessing to the POC-assembled federation pending the staging of its election on or before February 15.
This puts to an end the struggle for recognition between the POC and the PVF.
The embattled PVF led by Karl Chan and Otie Cmangian went on with its election for a new board last Sunday without POC representation as the country’s Olympic body refused to recognize the association on grounds that it has two sets of incorporation under the Securities and Exchange Commission.
"I hereby grant provisionary recognition to Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, as the new volleyball federation of the Philippines under the umbrella of the POC," said Graca in a letter addressed to POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco.
"I grant provisionary membership provided that the first requirement is to hold an election of officers to be conducted no later than February 15."
So far, the new federation has five incorporators: Romasanta, POC second vice-president Jeff Tamayo, POC legal counsel Ramon Malinao, Shakey's V-League president Ricky Palou and POC consultant Chippy Espiritu.
They will join the representatives from four major volleyball stakeholders: the Philippine Superlga, Shakey's V-League, University Athletic Association of the Philipines and National Collegiate Athletic Association to form the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)-required nine-man board of trustees.
Romasanta is expected to sit as LVP president.
"With this recognition, I think we should put the issue to rest," said Romasanta, also the karatedo federation head. "There should be no more ifs and buts. We should start working, focus on the SEA (Southeast Asian) Games and the Asian Women's U23 Volleyball Championship in May. We should all move forward and start working."
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