AFTER two years of conflict, peace talks have started among two groups of volleyball stakeholders and the Philippine Volleyball Federation.
Volleyball leaders led by Ramon “Tats” Suzara of the Philippine Superliga, and Tony Boy Liao of the Premier Volleyball League recently discussed the future of sport with Philippine Volleyball Federation president Edgardo Cantada.
The talks materialized some two years after the Philippine Olympic Committee withdrew its recognition of the PVF as the governing body of the sport in the country.
Since then, the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas was formed as the volleyball governing body in the country.
Talks were held recently at Century Park in Malate, Manila and are expected to resume again soon.
Controversy and conflict erupted among stakeholders over the formation of the national men’s and women’s volleyball teams. Peter Atencio
Disputes over team scheduling of their respective games in different leagues also took place.
Arguments on securing of International Transfer Certificates also erupted over the past months.
According to reports and different sources, this initial meeting is just the first step to repair the broken ties between volleyball’s top stakeholders.
In 2015, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) granted the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. its full recognition as a legitimate national sports association in the Philippines.
LVPI president Joey Romasanta was given due recognition as head by FIVB president Ary Graca.