PH hosts Asian women's volley U-23

The Philippine Star

Posted at Apr 21 2015 08:29 PM | Updated as of Apr 22 2015 04:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. has guaranteed a smooth and successful staging of the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championships slated May 1-9 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

The Asian Volleyball Confederation has tasked the Phl to host the region’s premier women’s volley tilt in line with the country’s return to the international volley stage after a decade of dormancy.

The AVC and the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) have recognized the LVPI as the country’s sole national sport association for volleyball and was mandated to undertake all programs that would lead the Philippines back as a regional powerhouse.

“The hosting of the Asian Under-23 Volleyball Championship is a total effort among the major stakeholders of volleyball in the country, with the support of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Sports Commission, along with our backer, TV-5 of Mr. Manny Pangilinan,” said LVPI president Joey Romasanta, who is also the POC vice president.

The country’s hosting of the event also comes as a time when the sport is enjoying tremendous boom and popularity with women’s volley tournaments held almost daily this summer.

Romasanta added that the Asian tilt will also give the Philippines a chance to showcase true Filipino hospitality towards our neighbors and international visitors.

The event will also serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIVB Women’s U-23 Volleyball World Championship to be held in Ankara, Turkey on Aug. 12-19.

The Philippines is pooled with powerhouses Kazakhstan and Iran in Group A, while Group B will have China, India and Macau; Group C – Japan, Chinese-Taipei and Maldives; and Group D – South Korea, Thailand and Uzbekistan.

The Philippines will also send a team to the 18th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship set from May 20-28 in Tianjin and Beijing in China.

But while defending champion Thailand remains the favorite in the China joust, Romasanta said the Philippines’ return to the regional volleyball tournaments would necessitate complete reconfiguring of the national volleyball program.

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