New officials to assume leadership of PH volleyball

The top leadership of the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas will give way to a new set of leaders and a new body that will govern the sport in the country.

Philippine Olympic Committee President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino (second from right) and volleyball stakeholders (from left) Ariel Paredes, Ramon “Tats” Suzara and Rustico “Otie” Camangian stand together for unity.
LVPI president Peter Cayco said this now that polls which will decide the new officials that will head the national sports association of the sports will be held at the last week of the month.

“Hindi na ako,” said Cayco, who assumed the leadership of the LVPI two years ago.

The LVPI, which has been enjoying the provisional recognition of the Philippine Olympic Committee since its formation, will take part in polls that will be held tentatively on Jan. 25.

The date was set following Saturday’s meeting among the top stakeholders of Philippine Volleyball at the EDSA Shangrila Hotel in Makati.

Cayco said he will give way to either to Sports Vision Management Group president Ricky Palou or Asian Volleyball Confederation development and marketing official Ramon “Tats” Suzara, who are interested in the post.

Palou and Suzara, along with Beach Volleyball Republic founder Charo Soriano, and LVPI secretary-general Ariel Paredes were present in the meeting organized and mediated by POC officials.

Suzara represented Alliances of Philippine Volleyball Inc., and was in the meeting with Philippine Volleyball Federation secretary general Rustico “Otie” Camangian and Tony Boy Liao, one of the organizers of Sports Vision, which organizes the Premier Volleyball League.

POC President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino presided over the gathering at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, with the polls set to take place at the East Ocean Seafoods Restaurant in Parañaque City.

 “OK naman ang meeting that was supervised by the POC. Ang sa akin lang,  as long as everybody gets involved in the act and they do their share,” said Cayco.

POC secretary General Atty. Ed Gastanes was around with membership and accreditation committee head Atty. Billy Sumagui and legal officer Atty. Wharton Chan.

The LVPI will give way to a new name following the elections.

There will be 13 positions at stake from the chairman, president and down to the members of the board.

Last August, the international volleyball federation, FIVB, requested that the POC to supervise the staging of an election for recognized organization in the Philippines.

FIVB director-general Fabio Azevedo said the new governing body in Philippine volleyball should have it done before the world congress that is slated from February 5 to 7.

The international body withdrew its recognition of a Philippine federation since 2016.

“We are done with our part. There are others who want this responsibility. We thank POC president Tolentino and secretary general Gastanes for their efforts,” said LVPI vice president Joey Romasanta.

Topics: Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino , Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas , Peter Cayco , Philippine Olympic Committee
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