Experienced Brazilian coach expected to lead the Philippines national volleyball team at 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia in May
Expert Brazilian volleyball coach Sergio Veloso has been selected to lead the Philippines men’s national team as part of a targeted support project via the FIVB’s transformational Volleyball Empowerment programme.
Launched under the vision of FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F°, Volleyball Empowerment aims to help national teams and athletes to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.
PNVF President Ramon Suzara at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) President Ramon Suzara said:
“We are very grateful to FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° for sending veteran international coach Sergio Veloso to oversee the Philippine men’s volleyball team as part of a Volleyball Empowerment targeted support programme. Sergio Veloso is a true champion, a great tactician, coach and mentor with 30 years of experience.
“He is one of the greatest gifts presented by the FIVB Volleyball Empowerment programme to Philippine volleyball after women’s national volleyball team coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito and Joao Luciano Kioday for our national beach volleyball teams.
“We are very excited and thrilled to have all of these coaches working with our national teams. Again, thank you to the FIVB for providing these coaches as our national teams embark on global volleyball competitions abroad.”
Veloso, who has 30 years’ experience as a coach, is expected to lead the Philippines national team to the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia in May as his first assignment.
He expressed his delight after getting the opportunity to help develop volleyball in the Philippines through Volleyball Empowerment.
“I am so happy, it’s the first time I’ve been in the Philippines and I’m excited for this opportunity,” Veloso said. “I have worked in volleyball as a coach for 30 years and this opportunity to improve and help Philippine volleyball is part of the programme of the FIVB.”
“I’m so proud because I know the Philippines has very good potential and I can help. I am so happy, and I think we can do a very good job. These two days that I’m here, I can already see this potential,” he added.
Meanwhile, Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) President Ramon Suzara has thanked the Fil-Am Nation Select headed by Cris Gopez, an organisation that helps to identify talented Filipino-American athletes, for the endorsement of three players namely 6′5” feet tall Steven Rotter, 6’3” Michael Raymund Vicente, and 6’6” Cyrus De Guzman.
The Philippines men’s national team in action against Myanmar at the 2021 Southeast Asian Games held in 2022 (Photo credits: PNVF)
The trio is expected to boost the national team as they seek to return to the Southeast Asian Games podium following its silver medal finish in the 30th edition in 2019 in Manila.
In the last edition of the biennial event held in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2022, the national team finished fifth.
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