The Philippines will host the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) 2016 World Women’s Club Championship slated on October 18 to 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“PSL [Philippine Super Liga] has been awarded by FIVB to be the local organizer of the 2016 World Women’s Club Championship,” said PSL President Ramon Suzara on Tuesday at the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association forum in Malate.
Teams from Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, China, Thailand and the Philippines will see action in the six-day meet.
A Filipino player can only join the prestigious tournament by first competing in the PSL.
The Philippine team, according to Suzara, would not be an all-Filipino contingent. Six players coming from PSL will be reinforced by six imports the FIVB will provide.
“Mahirap piliin ‘yung six players. This needs a lot of thinking,” said Suzara who is also an FIVB executive council member and chairman of the marketing and development committee of the Asian Volleyball Confederation.
Suzara said that he’s unsure yet if Alyssa Valdez would join the Philippine team.
“I do not know. I cannot say something about Alyssa Valdez because she is still [playing]in UAAP [University Athletic Association of the Philippines].”
“But of course, if some PSL teams will get Valdez, why not? She is Miss Volleyball,” added Suzara.
Suzara said that cost of hosting the tournament would range from $1 million or P45 million.
FIVB executive council member Stav Jacobi after he conducted inspection at the MOA Arena in October 2015.
Reports said Jacobi was impressed with the competition venue and hotels that would accommodate the world’s top volleyball players, coaches and officials.
FIVB committee will conduct another inspection next month to make everything final including the tourney’s official broadcast partner.
“Hopefully we can announce next month who is our official TV partner,” said Suzara.
Suzara, Jacobi, PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico, Sports 5 head Chot Reyes and Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) Vice President Peter Cayco, attended the collaborative planning last year.
Before the event, the country will also host the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship (AWCVC) from September 3 to 13.
Suzara said they are now discussing with the LVPI and PSL details of the tournament.
The Philippines last hosted AWCVC in 2006.
PSL is the first corporate club volleyball league in the Philippines that provides former collegiate players a chance to play after college and continue their volleyball career.