PVL eyes 2021 return under ‘bubble’ setup in Laguna
City Manila (November 17, CNN Philippines)– After months of being sidelined, the Premier Beach ball League has actually set a timespan for its return, with strategies to resume its competition in a ‘bubble’ setup in its inaugural season as a professional league.
PVL president Ricky Palou revealed on Tuesday that the very first conference has been tentatively scheduled in February or March next year with 2 locations in Laguna as prospective hosts, the INSPIRE Sports Academy in Calamba and Trace College in Los Banos.
“Trace Colleges and MOTIVATE Sports Academy, whatever is there. They’ve got rooms for the gamers, they got the dormitory, there’s food, there’s a fitness center, weights and air-conditioned health club. So gamers won’t need to take a trip in and out of the location,” said Palou throughout the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association online forum.
“Of course, nothing’s last yet, we’re still negotiating with them and for this, we’ll be searching for a sponsor to assist us with this bubble tournament,” he included.
The PVL recently got the difference of being the first volley ball league in the country to turn pro after getting the approval of the Games and Amusements Board.
With eight to nine groups set to go into the planned bubble, Palou admitted holding a sports bubble during a pandemic will feature a significant cost tag and estimated the expense at around P20 million.
“The cost is going to be sort of high however it probably won’t be as much as what the PBA is paying which I check out is about 65 million,” stated Palou.
“We’re taking a look at about six weeks for the first conference however we still have not decided whether we’ll be playing every day of the week or 3 times a week however the cost will get greater,” he added.
First on the PVL’s list, however, is to get the teams back in game shape with the resumption of face-to-face training. Following health procedures, they have been restricted to online training since March.
“Hopefully by the end of the month, we’ll be able to get the teams to be able to exercise together,” Palou said.
“At first, they most likely have groups of four or six, but eventually we feel that the IATF, through the Games and Amusements Board, will enable the groups to begin working together. We’re wishing for that, and we feel that this is required for the teams to begin getting ready for actual competitors,” he added.
According to Palou, fans can expect the same groups to join the 2021 season, including Creamline, Petro Gazz, Choco Mucho, Perlas Spikers, Motolite, Chef’s Classics, Balipure, Philippine Air Force, and Army.