Sunday, June 26, 2011

MVP, AFP to rescue V-L

By Francis Santiago
Manila Bulletin, Sunday, June 26, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Despite the massive pullouts of collegiate teams, the Shakey’s V-League Season 8 second conference hostilities will push through starting July 17 featuring squads from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and corporate teams owned by business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan.

The country’s premiere league was left with only three school-based squads – Ateneo, University of Perpetual Help and San Sebastian College – after six regular squads begged off from competition due to the players’ academic work loads.

But V-League commissioner Tony Liao said there was nothing to fret about as they have found equally competitive teams that could fill the slots for an eight-team competition.

He said the heads of three AFP volleyball teams – the Philippine Army, the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy – expressed their willingness to join the league during a meeting with the organizing Sport Vision last week.

Ricky Palou, the Sports Vision president, has also convinced Maynilad Waters president Ricky Vargas to field in a team. They are also courting Meralco – also owned by MVP.

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