Strictly no fans when PVL resumes

THE Premier Volleyball League is looking at holding games at empty venues for its fourth season.

With the Open Conference having a scheduled  September opening, Sports Vision president Ricky Palou said that playing games behind closed doors is one of the PVL's options as part of health and safety measures to push through with the tournament.

Originally set to open with the Reinforced Conference on May 30, the import-laced competition was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think if we’ll be able to hold a tournament this year. It will probably be a closed-door tournament. No audience,” said Palou during "Crossover" podcast Tuesday night.

“I don’t know how teams would react to that, how they will play with no audience watching. I hope they’ll be mature enough to play and give it their all,” he added.

Once the government allows mass gatherings, Palou said that safety protocols will be strictly observed at the competition halls.

“If the authorities will allow us to bring in an audience or people to watch, we’ll follow social distancing. Maybe one seat apart. That’s what we’re looking right now,” said Palou.

With the scrapping of the Reinforced Conference, the league hopes to usher the shortened season with Open Conference around September.

The nine teams joining are defending Open Conference champion Creamline, PetroGazz, Perlas Spikers, Motolite, BaliPure, Chef’s Classics, Choco Mucho, Air Force and Army.

Despite the lingering COVID-19 crisis, Palou remains upbeat of holding a tournament this year as the will also make a request to the government authorities to resume team trainings and eventually holding the actual games.