MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines almost reached the volleyball summit of the 2019 Southeast Asian Video games after it settled for the silver medal within the males’s match.
That runner-up end was solely the second time the Philippines netted the silver, the primary being in 1977, and captain John Vic de Guzman felt that inspiring run was simply step one to constructing a formidable nationwide staff program.
De Guzman, in an interview with Inquirer, mentioned that this system ought to begin instantly and attempt to construct off from that 2019 marketing campaign.
“After SEA Video games I used to be really unhappy due to this pandemic,” mentioned de Guzman in Filipino. “I believe as early as now it’s essential to begin instantly so we will focus in attaining our purpose.”
“It gained’t be straightforward however I do know we’ve got to work for this.”
De Guzman was simply one of many 31 athletes who tried out for the nationwide staff that will compete within the 2021 Hanoi SEA Video games.
Making a nationwide staff seven months earlier than the competitors begins could also be a little bit too early however de Guzman mentioned it’s higher than later.
As a result of pandemic, sports activities was virtually put to a cease in 2020 and de Guzman needs to get as a lot work as attainable earlier than Hanoi.
‘AS EARLY AS NOW’
The Hanoi Video games are slated to begin on November 21 and PNVF President Ramon “Tats” Suzara intends to have the nationwide groups practising as early as Might.
“We should always begin as early as now, I believe different international locations are already beginning so I believe now’s the precise time to begin getting ready,” mentioned de Guzman.
As for the captaincy, de Guzman mentioned he’s prepared to as soon as once more grow to be the skipper for the nationwide staff particularly with how they bought to the cusp of historical past.
The Philippines’ run got here to an finish when it misplaced to champion Indonesia, which collected its 10th gold medal and ending a 10-year drought, within the finals.
“In fact I’d like to be the captain once more as a result of I really feel that we had been almost there so after that SEA Video games I do know that we will go additional,” mentioned de Guzman.
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