Philippines to host 2014 Asian Men's Volleyball Club Championships
Manila, Philippines, January 13, 2014 – The 2014 Asian Men’s Volleyball Club Championship will be held in Manila from April 8 to 16.
Following Vietnam’s withdrawal, the Philippines stepped in to host the Championship signaling the country’s comeback on the regional volleyball scene. In doing so the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) is moving ahead with its plans to form national pools for men and women.
The PVF Organising Committee is composed of highly-respected sports personalities and top corporate sponsors include Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT). Philip Ella Juico, former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman will head the Organising Committee. Juico, who also served as an agrarian reform secretary is currently chairman of the PVF and the Philippine Super Liga.
"This tournament is aimed at putting the Philippines back in the groove of international volleyball activities," said Juico during the tournament's media launch, where the reorganisation of the men’s and women’s national teams was also announced.
"A grassroots project is also now in place to complement the PVF's general programme, including the structures for the standard teams for men and women and also beach volleyball," Juico added. "We are looking at more participation in regional and international meets on top of maintaining our good financial standing before the FIVB and the AVC.”
As this is the first time the Philippines is competing in and hosting the tournament, PVF President Karl Chan has appointed SportsCore Event Management and Consultancy, Inc. (Score) to oversee the event.
"This tournament is already a big step being taken by the PVF. We are awed by the project, but this is an opportunity that we could not let pass," Chan said. "We owe it to the AVC, our sponsors and the Organising Committee that we are being recognised as capable of hosting a big event such as the Asian Men's Club Championship."
With the Philippine Long Distance Telephone and its subsidiary Fibr, the country's most powerful broadband company, backing the event, volleyball has been given a boost in the country.
Only Korea, Kazakhstan, Qatar and China are tipped as strong challengers to Iran, although teams from Saudi Arabia, Japan, Chinese-Taipei and Indonesia also have experience playing in the tournament. The Championship is expected to be a baptism of fire for the Philippine team, which is being reorganised for the very first time in years.
Ramon Suzara, Chairman of AVC Development and Marketing Committee and member of the FIVB Development Commission, said the Philippines will gain from the event as it will help raise the level of awareness and interest of Filipinos in men’s volleyball, which is currently dominated by women's leagues.