PNVF mulls tapping PVL Reinforced champs as SEA Games reps

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 6) —  The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) may tap the winner of the upcoming Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference to represent the country in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia next year.

"The PNVF has said that they'll probably look at the champion of this tournament - the Reinforced tournament - to represent the country in the Southeast Asian Games which will be in May. This will be in Cambodia," said PVL president Ricky Palou in a press briefing on Wednesday.

If the plan pushes through, Palou said the winning team could get players from other club teams to reinforce its roster.

"Obviously, we have the imports (this conference), so the team may not be that strong so I think we'll (be) leaving it up to the coaching staff to determine whether they will have additional players just to reinforce," Palou added.

The PVL Reinforced Conference will kick off on October 8. Nine teams will compete including the returning F2 Logistics Cargo Movers and the debuting Akari Power Chargers. Each team has one foreign player to boost its lineup.

The PNVF earlier tapped the Creamline Cool Smashers, the champion of the Invitational Conference last August, to represent the country in the Asian Women's Volleyball Cup and the ASEAN Grand Prix.