Bangkok, Thailand, April 29, 2021 – The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) is holding a three-day national team tryouts in a bubble environment in Subic.
Tryouts for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams, according to PNVF President Ramon “Tats” Suzara, are set on April 28 and 29 at the Subic Gym, while those for the men’s and women’s beach volleyball squads are scheduled on April 30 at the Subic Tennis Courts.
Suzara said invitations were to 40 women and 40 men, while 20 women and 20 men were given the call for beach volleyball.
“The PNVF is currently prioritizing its elite/high-performance initiatives through the National Team Commission,” Suzara said. “The national team will be focusing on the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi in December.”
The athletes, coaches, organizers and officials involved underwent RT-PCR tests 48 hours before the tryouts with a guaranteed turnaround time of 24 hours.
Suzara and PNVF Secretary General Donaldo Caringal and Medical Commission head Dr. Jose Raul Canlas met with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority officials and Philippine Red Cross officers at the Subic Gym on Monday to finalize health and safety protocols.
“These tryouts are needed in order for the athletes to be at their optimal condition prior to key competition events this year,” Suzara said.
National coaches Arthur “Odjie” Mamon (volleyball women) Dante Alinsunurin (volleyball men), Paul Jan Doloiras (beach volleyball women) and Rhovyl Verayo (beach volleyball men) supervise the tryouts.
Swab testing for volleyball tryouts in Subic
Participants in the tryouts for the men’s and women’s national teams in Subic started undergoing RT-PCR tests in a swabbing facility at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The tests were in compliance with the Philippine National Volleyball Federation’s requirement for all athletes, coaches, officials and staff to be tested of COVID-19 48 hours before they proceeded to Subic.
Testing started on Monday afternoon with the invitees for women’s volleyball, as well as the PNVF staff who are now at the Subic tryouts bubble.
The men’s volleyball tryout participants had their turn on Tuesday, while the invitees for women’s and men’s beach volleyball underwent testing on Wednesday.
Tryouts for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams are taking place on Wednesday and Thursday at the Subic Gym, while those for the men’s and women’s beach volleyball squads are scheduled on Friday at the Subic Tennis Courts.
The testings are through the assistance of Taguig City Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and Deputy Chief Implementer National Task Force Against COVID-19 Secretary Vince Dizon. Taguig City is the PNVF’s local government unit partner.
“These RT-PCR tests are first and foremost on the PNVF’s list of priorities for these tryouts,” PNVF President Ramon “Tats” Suzara said. “The health and safety of everyone in the Subic bubble is paramount to the federation.”
Invited in the tryouts are 40 women’s and 40 men’s volleyball players and 20 women’s and 20 men’s beach volleyball players.
As decided in a recent meeting attended by the PNVF, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and Philippine Red Cross officials, all players will wear facemasks while participating in the three-day tryouts.
National coaches Arthur “Odjie” Mamon (volleyball women) Dante Alinsunurin (volleyball men), Paul Jan Doloiras (beach volleyball women) and Rhovyl Verayo (beach volleyball men) will supervise the tryouts.
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