BVR considers turning pro

Published November 15, 2020, 1:42 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

The Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) is considering turning professional in the future with hopes of following the footsteps of the Premier Volleyball League.

BVR co-founder Charo Soriano made this announcement in a recent virtual press conference, hoping it would pave the way to lifting the standard of the sport in the country.

“We are considering very, very much the steps towards professionalizing beach (volleyball) and we have spoken with Games and Amusement Board chairman Baham Mitra as to how these steps can help the young sport of beach volleyball… So we are leaning towards that as well,” Soriano said.

Formed in 2015 by a group of former Ateneo volleyball players, the BVR is an organization aimed for the development and growth of the sport in the country.

They have been organizing nationwide tours and have hosted an Invitational Tour in 2016 participated by athletes from Brazil, Singapore, United States, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

They are focused both in the men’s and women’s divisions.

Beach volleyball has been gaining a following over the past years and has taking a bit of a spotlight at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games when its men’s team of Edmar Bonono and Jud Garcia, as well as the women’s pair of Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons bagged bronze medals.