All systems go for Liga beach volley

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    IT’S all systems go for the Philippine Superliga (PSL) as all of its member teams have thrown their full support behind the staging of the Challenge Cup Beach Volleyball tournament from Nov. 26 to 29 in Subic.

    PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico said the team owners’ meeting last Monday went well, with all stakeholders expressing confidence they would come up with a safe and competitive tournament amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The PSL is set to become the first volleyball and amateur league to restart its season under the new normal.

    The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) gave the league the green light to resume its season after approving the safety guidelines that it crafted for five months.

    The PSL created a medical commission under Dr. Raul Alcantara that would be on top of the implementation of the health and safety protocols in cooperation with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the IATF.

    “We formally presented our program to the team owners last Monday and we got an overwhelming response,” said Juico, a former Philippine Sports Commission chairman.

    “All of our teams are very supportive and are confident that we could come up with a competitive tourney without risking the health and safety of players, coaches, league officials, media and other stakeholders.

    Juico said they are looking at 16 teams to compete in three days of battle.

    Aside from their own teams like Petron, Cignal, Chery Tiggo, F2 Logistics, Generika-Ayala, Sta. Lucia, Marinerang Pilipina and PLDT Home Fibr, they would also invite other commercial teams to compete.

    “We are open to the idea of welcoming teams outside the PSL so we could come up with a competitive and exciting tournament,” Juico said.