SORRY, volleyball fans.
The much-awaited return of beach volleyball will have to wait.
Despite getting the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), the PSL Beach Volleyball Challenge scheduled on Nov. 28-30 in Subic will now be held in mid-February, 2021.
Phlippine Super Liga (PSL) Chairman Philip Ella Juico said they have decided to re-schedule the three-day event due to the strong typhoons that hit the area and other parts of Luzon.
“Taking a conservative and proactive position, Central Luzon, which includes the SBMA industrial zone, may sustain heavy damage to be inflicted by the two typhoons within days of each other for the next several weeks,” said Juico in statement.
Juico said the PSL fully understands the situation of frontline agencies in charge of “alleviating the suffering of thousands in Central Luzon to be directly affected by nature’s wrath and the damage to infrastructure and the disruption of public services.”
Earlier, Juico announced the staging of the IATF-approved PSL Beach Volleyball Challenge during his appearance in the Oct.15 edition of the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) “Usapang Sports on Air” via Zoom.
He said the PSL was already given the clearance to stage the beach volleyball tournament in Subic by the IATF following discussions of the health and safety protocols.
But the entry of the two typhoons forced the organizers to reschedule the event.
“The PSL would like to support the successful completion by these agencies of their respective tasks. The PSL will therefore step out of the way for the common goods, so these agencies can give their full attention to the public emergency,” explained Juico, who is also the president of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA).