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Cebuano Philippine volleyball chief Tatz Suzara bats for unity

(The Freeman) - January 27, 2021 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Creating a harmonious and united front in Philippine volleyball landscape.

This is on top of the agenda of Cebuano sportsman Ramon “Tatz” Suzara as president of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation, Inc., a newly-created sports association tasked to govern the country’s volleyball affairs.

Suzara ran unopposed during last Monday’s polls supervised by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino at the East Ocean Palace Restaurant in Paranaque City.

“We take this moment to recognize all the FIVB, POC and allow the stakeholders in joining me and the newly elected board members in taking the first big step of changing the sport’s landscape into a vibrant, harmonious and supportive community,” Suzara said in a report by Joey Villar of Philstar.com.

“I hope our common love for the sport will provide us with the will to unite and collaborate in elevating the status of our national teams in the continental and world stages,” he added.

Suzara, who was chief operating officer of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) when the country hosted the 30th edition of the biennial sports conclave last year, is not new to the volleyball scene. He once served as secretary-general of the then Philippine Amateur Volleyball Association (PAVA) for eight years about three decades ago.

Aside from Suzara, also elected unopposed were Ariel Paredes (chairman), Arnel Hajan (vice president), Don Caringal (secretary-general), Rod Roque (treasurer), Yul Benoso (auditor) and board members Ricky Palou, Tony Boy Liao, Charo Soriano, Carmela Gamboa, Fr. Vic Calvo, OP, Karl Chan, and Wharton Chan.

The election was a huge step for the Philippines in its bid to regain recognition from the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).

Tolentino and the rest of the PNVFI leadership hope to get the official blessing of FIVB in its first ever virtual World Congress slated on February 5-7. — EBV

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