The Philippine women’s national volleyball squad will have the benefit of homecourt advantage as the country hosts the Asian Senior Women’s Championship this August in Clark, Pampanga and Subic.
The Philippine National Volleyball Federation Inc. was given the hosting rights to the tournament that will run from August 29 until September at the Angeles University Foundation gym inside the Clark Freeport and Economic Zone in Pampanga.
Most of the powerhouse teams in Asia are slated to compete in the high-level competition.
“The Philippines, which hosted the Asian Senior Women’s Championship twice in 1997 and 2017, received the AVC’s green light to organise the top-tier championship for the third time later this year,” read a statement by the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC). “Earlier, the 21st edition had been set to take place in Jiangmen, China, but for some reasons the country pulled out as hosts.”
Meanwhile, the AVC also relayed that Japan will be hosting the Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship from September 12 and 19.
The country’s men’s and women’s beach volleyball squads will also be seeing action in the 2021 AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Semi-Finals in June 18 and 19 in Thailand where a spot to the Tokyo Summer Olympics is at stake. The national pool—which has Cebu’s Sisi Rondina and Jade Becaldo—will be starting their bubble training in Ilocos Norte next week.
“Our country will send six players for each gender but only four players can play as Team 1 & Team 2. The remaining two will be reserves for injury & Covid positive during the event,” shared National Teams Commissions chief Tony Boy Liao. “There will be four swab testings to be done during the competition, twice in the semis round and twice in the Finals round.” (JNP)