In the eyes of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) is the legitimate and duly recognized volleyball federation in the country.
LVPI secretary general Ariel Paredes said they sat down with PSC officials to present documents that state that they are the recognized federation by the Asian Volleyball Confederation, International Volleyball Federation and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
In fact, since their formation in 2015, they have been representing the country in various international tournaments, including the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Games.
“We were told that the PSC has been consistently monitoring the performance of the LVPI and the national players as well in major international tournaments,” said Paredes, a ranking official of the Philippine Superliga.
“They were convinced that we are the recognized body of the POC and international federations like the AVC and FIVB.”
Questions on the legitimacy of the LVPI cropped up early this year when the PVF sent a letter to the AVC indicating its willingness to send teams that will represent the country in various international tournaments.
The AVC junked its request, saying that only the LVPI has the right to join tournaments sanctioned by the AVC and FIVB.
It said although the PVF remains an FIVB member, it already lost all of its rights and responsibilities following the emergence of the LVPI.
Paredes said they would exercise their legitimacy as they plan to actively participate in various international tournaments this year including the Asian Men’s Club Championship, Asian Women’s Club Championship, Asian Women’s U19 Championship, AVC Cup for Men and AVC Cup for Women.
“We are the official governing body and we have all the proof that we are,” Paredes said.
“Our program for this year will be continuous and PSC vowed to support us in its capacity as the government’s funding arm for sports.”