PNVF TO RESCHEDULE THE ASIAN SENIOR WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ON MAY 2022
Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) heeded the suggestion of the Asian Volleyball Confederation, thereby moving the 21st Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship from October 2021 to May 2022 due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in the hosting country, Philippines and the rest of the world.
The continental showpiece was initially set on August 29 to September 24 in Pampanga and Subic but was rescheduled to October due to higher quarantine measurements in the region.
Seeing the drastic upward trendline of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines and other countries, combined with a mismatched world calendar schedule for the International Volleyball Federation if the championship were to push through in October, AVC suggested moving the event on a new date.
PNVF President Ramon “Tats” Suzara received a letter from AVC President Rita Subowo suggesting that the event be rescheduled from May 15 to 22, 2022.
The AVC Board of Administration also requested the FIVB to organize “in order for the women’s teams to obtain FIVB World Ranking points from the 2021 continental tournament like other confederations.”
“It will be good for the organizer to have the leading teams of Asia participate in this championship,” Subowo said.
At the same time, FIVB proposed to use the continental ranking to select the two qualified teams for the World Championship with China and Japan earning the slots as the top two in Asia, whereas the remaining qualified team will be selected based on their world ranking.
In the meantime, the PSC allowed PNVF’s quota of 20 athletes for each of the men and women volleyball teams and eight players for each of the men and women beach volleyball squads last August 17 under a special virtual board meeting.