PSL CLUBS OPT TO STAY AMATEUR AMID RUMORS OF PRO-LEAGUE TRANSFER, SAYS LAUREL
“We’ve been hearing so much noise in social media that some of these teams are going to another league but after talking to the team owners, hindi daw totoo,” said Philippine Superliga (PSL) President Dr. Ian Laurel after rumors have swirled that clubs from the league are jumping ship to the Premier Volleyball League (PVL).
Laurel also said that all their eight teams unanimously committed to staying amateur as the league eyes to return to action in March 2021 with the All-Filipino Conference.
Clubs from the PSL are F2 Logistics, Petron, Cignal, PLDT, Chery Tiggo, Sta. Lucia, Generika-Ayala, and Marinerang Pilipina.
PSL President answered the rumors and insisted that all their teams remain loyal to them despite opting to keep their semi-pro status. However, some clubs might file a leave of absence first until the vaccine for COVID-19 is available.
“Meron talagang teams na might take a leave of absence yun ang initial na sinabi nila sa akin kasi they want to wait for a vaccine. Pagdating naman sa ganun naiintindihan namin pero you know the situation is very dynamic pwede naman magbago agad,” Laurel said.
Meanwhile, Laurel revealed that they are in talks with two companies that are interested to form teams in the PSL.
Moreover, F2 Logistics star Aby Maraño said that her team remains united and committed to their title-retention bid in the All-Filipino Conference.
“Intact ang F2 Logistics. Walang aalis, walang mang iiwan at mabuti kami as a team. Solid kami kasi gusto namin ma-defend ang crown namin,” Marano added.
Two years ago, the league already discussed turning pro, but all the team owners opted to stay amateur. During this pandemic, Laurel said that he asked the team owners again and got the same answer.
“First of all, balikan natin ng kaunti. We had a strategic planning session back in 2018. All the teams were there. The PSL board was there. We discussed na mawawala yung collegiate players sa league. At this point, we still need players from the armed forces and the schools,” Laurel said.
“Dahil nga sa nangyari na (pandemic na) ito, what I did is talk to them (team owners) individually and ask them again: “Gusto nyo ba mag-pro?” All of them answered, unanimously, “Not yet.”
Furthermore, the league’s official eyeing to play two indoor volleyball conferences next year with the All-Filipino in March and Grand Prix as the season-ending conference including Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup and a collegiate tournament.
“Pinaka maganda talagang sitwasyon kung ako lang ang tatanungin sana maging priority natin makabalik lang tayo agad kasi remember isang taon na tayo natengga,” Laurel said. “Kung meron tayong pag uusapan pro, amateur, non-pro o kung anong mga lisensya, sana man lang pagbigyan muna umarangkada at makabawi.”
The PSL board had a meeting on Tuesday to discuss their possible bubble format of the All-Filipino in March and their calendar for 2021 as they wanted to align it with the international tournaments of the national team.