BVR On Tour in Santa Fe this weekend
Gloreitta T. Lariosa (The Freeman) - March 22, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Exciting beach volley action will further heat up the summer with the staging of the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) On Tour this weekend in the shores of Santa Fe, Bantayan Island.

Last year’s leg winners Ran Ran Abdilla and Jesse Lopez of Team Air Force in the men’s division and Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez representing Negros in the women’s side will see action alongside teams from Russia, Cebu, Bacolod, Southwestern University, University of San Carlos, and National University, among others.

The 12 teams from each division will be divided into four brackets. They will play a single round robin elimination. Top two teams per bracket will move to the quarterfinals. The winners will advance to the semifinals heading to the final round.

Spearheaded by BVR in association with the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission (CPSC), the athletes will not only play but  will also provide skills-focused workshops for the children in the community through the Sandroots, the community development platform of BVR.

CPSC, meanwhile, expressed their continued support to BVR On Tour.

“The CPSC continues to support BVR on Tour because volleyball is one of the most popular sports in Cebu. Beach volleyball is also a major crowd drawer and is in line with our thrust to push sports tourism. While the CPSC is working hard to develop our grassroots sports, these events featuring the elite athletes are part of the program as it gives our athletes an opportunity to see the best players up close and learn from them,” said CPSC commissioner Nimrod Quiñones.

“This program is BVR’s way of sharing to the community where they hold their event. More than making the people understand the sport better, it also opens the eyes of the younger athletes to the opportunities that lie ahead for them. We have seen many Cebuano volleyball players make it big in the national level, so why not in beach volleyball also,” Quiñones added.

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