March 22, 2023

Officials from around the world of volleyball have stated that it would not come as a surprise if the Philippines were chosen to once again host the Volleyball Nations League, in addition to other big competitions.

Following the success of the Philippines’ staging of the Manila leg of the FIVB’s Volleyball Nations League (VNL), senior officials of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) promised the country another opportunity to host the tournament, including the main World Championship competition.

Ary Graca, the President of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), is currently in the Philippines for the first time. He is also the first President of the World Volleyball Federation to visit the Philippines in the past 28 years. “I’m utterly amazed,” Graca remarked.

“I’d like to apologize… “… 28 years is a great error,” remarked Graca of Brazil, referring to the nearly three decade long FIVB failure to visit the country. Graca was referring to the fact that Brazil had not been visited by the FIVB in nearly three decades. In 1994, Ruben Acosta was the final chief of the volleyball federation to visit the Philippines.

“I am blown away and blown away by the interest that people here have in volleyball. We never fail to come up with a strategy to be of assistance to the Philippines in terms of the advancements made in volleyball. During a news conference held on Friday, June 24, at the Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Graca stated that “we’re here to give, we’re here to help, not to take.”

Since the tournament was fully introduced in 2018, the Philippines are playing home to the VNL Manila leg for the very first time. This competition was originally known as the FIVB World Grand Prix.

There are presently eight teams competing in both the men’s and women’s divisions of this competition.

France, the Netherlands, China, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Argentina, and Japan are competing in the men’s category, while the United States of America, China, Japan, Thailand, Poland, Bulgaria, Canada, and Belgium are competing in the women’s category. The United States is the defending champion in this competition.

The presence of a VNL leg in the Philippines, as stated by Ramon “Tats” Suzara, President of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF), serves as motivation for both the Philippine women’s and men’s national volleyball teams.

He stated that both teams are motivated to put in a lot of effort in order to one day join the prestigious VNL.

“The support of the FIVB has been really tremendous,” said Suzara, who also greeted Rita Subowo, the head of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC), here in the country. “The support of the FIVB has been really tremendous,” added Suzara.

“In order to get to that level, we are going to put in a lot of effort. It is imperative that we improve the overall performance of the national team. I believe that this serves as a source of motivation. They are motivated to put in even more effort as a result of this.”

It would not come as a surprise to Fabio Azevedo, the general director of the FIVB, if the Philippines were chosen to once again host the Volleyball Nations League.

“I can promise you that the level (of organization) matched perfectly our expectation with the athletes and fans at the center. “Both the spectators and the athletes are very engaged,” Azevedo added. “We can see both of these things.”

“That indicates that the Philippines, you performed exceptionally well. The fact that we will be hosting the event once more is something of which I have no doubt,” he continued.

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