The Premier Volleyball League (PVL) is eyeing to launch the country’s first women’s professional volleyball competitions on April 10 but it needed a few adjustments from the organizers before reaching its final date.

/ 3 January 2021

“Our target date is April 10. We will have eight teams,” said Palou. 

Sports Vision Management Group Inc. (SVMGI) President, Ricky Palou, shared that coming to an official date was thoroughly studied.

The organization initially picked February but decided to push it back a few more months due that the country will be hosting the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers in Clark, Pampanga and the league decided not to compete with the public’s attention. 

“April 10 is the date we’re looking for because there’s an international tournament happening in February so we won’t compete with that,” said Palou on Saturday.

March was not included as their picks as Holy Week will be observed for that month. 

“We looked at March but it’s the Holy Week so we’ll take a break for one week,” Palou shared.

“We eventually decided to go for April, right after Holy Week,” he averred.

Palou had added that the return of Philippine Volleyball will be in a bubble concept which will be held preferably at Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, also securing vaccines for the athletes remains an option for the league. 

“If we can then why not? If we can get the vaccines, then we’ll have less chances of getting the virus. They say that it’ll be available by March. If it’s available, then we’ll give the players,” said Palou.

The SVMGI formally announced that eight teams will make up the most anticipated milestone of Philippine volleyball that consists of; Creamline, Choco Mucho, Banko Perlas, Petro Gazz, and Motolite as primary teams and Bali Pure, Chef’s Classic, and the combined Philippine Army-Air Force squad as a guest team. 

Moreover, Palou said that he is trying to persuade the government agency by proposing new ways to avail necessary documents as teams are required to secure professional licenses from the Games and Amusements Board (GAB).

It was observed that athletes will have to go to the GAB office in Makati but Palou thought that it would result in a much physical interaction so he proposed that the agency can visit the teams during their practices. 

In addition, Palou is planning to establish an online application set up to eliminate physical interaction and maintain social distancing.