Despite protest, POC to proceed with volleyball election

Published January 18, 2021, 2:20 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will still proceed with the scheduled election for new sets of volleyball officials next week despite protests from one of its stakeholders, Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) president Edgardo Cantada.

POC president Bambol Tolentino said “it was a missed opportunity” for the PVF in backing out of the idea in uniting and creating a new volleyball federation.

“We respect their decision… However, we have to move on for the good of volleyball. We will still proceed,” Tolentino said in a statement.

Cantada wrote a letter to Tolentino and posted it on his Facebook account on Sunday saying they “cannot accept the condition that the PVF must be replaced with a new group.”

“We attended to finally see a fair resolution to the crisis that continues to divide and cripple Philippine volleyball, but the conditions and parameters you set for the immediate resolution of the problem are unacceptable,” Cantada wrote.

Tolentino met with major volleyball stakeholders over the weekend to lay down the groundwork after the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) requested the POC to supervise an election where results can be presented to the World Congress on Feb. 5 to 7.

PVF secretary general Otie Camangian represented the group in that meeting.

The election will serve as a stepping-stone for the country in securing full recognition from the FIVB.

The elections will be held Jan. 25 at the East Ocean Seafoods Restaurant in Parañaque City where the new volleyball federation will be composed of 13 positions from the chairman, president and down to the board members.

Deadline, validation and submission of voting members are set Monday while nomination of candidates will be on Wednesday.