Suzara unveils 10-point plan for volleyball

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    PHILIPPINE National Volleyball Federation President Tats Suzara intends to hit the ground running, unveiling an ambitious 10-point plan yesterday to further develop, promote and popularize the sport in the country.

    “First on my list is making volleyball a strong No. 2 as a form of family sports entertainment,” Suzara said in his first appearance in the Philippine Sportswriters Association online forum two days after the PNVF was recognized by the International Volleyball Federation during its virtual congress over the weekend.

    Suzara was joined in the public sports program backed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., San Miguel, Milo, Go for Gold, Braska Restaurant, and Amelie Hotel by PNVF vice president Hajan, board member Charo Soriano and national volleyball team members Alyssa Valdes, Aby Marano and Japan-based Jaja Santiago.

    The PNVF will have its induction today, with the new officials to be sworn in by Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham Tolentino. The federation’s first board meeting will follow.

    Suzara said the second priority would be to have a federation-owned national league composed of eight teams that he intends to launch in July using a bubble-type competition.

    “This league is like the same one owned by the federation in Thailand and Indonesia, its Pro Liga,” said Suzara, one of the founders of the Philippine Super Liga. “This league will feature the top teams in the country including at least one from Visayas and Mindanao.

    “I plan to propose to the board to call it the PNVF Champions League as what is being done in Europe. The teams can participate in local, national and international competitions.”

    To bolster both goals, he said he wants to focus on the development of the national teams in both “volleyball and both beach volleyball.”

    As member of the world volleyball body’s development commission, Suzara said he would follow up talks with the FIVB in its program of sending coaches to developing countries, adding that he is eyeing Brazilian mentors to handle the national team program for the next two years.

    Suzara also intends to bring back world-class competitions being conducted by the FIVB and Asian Volleyball Confederation into the country.

    “I want to bring the Volleyball Nations League here, even one leg,” he said, adding he also wants to revive the age-group competitions from the elementary level up for the developmental aspect of the sport.

    Suzara said he would pattern the organization of the new federation after the FIVB “with 10 to 11 commissions, including an athletes’ commission,” which would be led by the likes of Valdes, Marano and Santiago.

    “This how we will be able to address the concerns of our volleyball athletes. All of these will be handled by the commission.”

    Zuzara said all of the various referee groups would now fall under the PNVF’s referees commission and this body would assign referees to all of the tournaments sanctioned by the new federation.

    His seventh goal is to strengthen the Philippine volleyball brand, similar to what was done in Australia and US, “so I also want to have a strong brand identity to our volleyball in the country.

    He said he would like the country’s profile in the FIVB world ratings so it can draw more attention and invitations and competitions organized by the world body.

    “We are now in category two while the highest is category five, which includes top federations such as Japan, Russia, Italy and South Korea. I want in the next two years for our country to rise to category three,” he said.

    “My last goal is to take all the stakeholders nationwide to be part of the commissions. So if we have 52 members now, all of them will be members of the 10 commissions. So they will have to participate in the affairs of the national federation,” he said.