Like their indoor counterparts, beach spikers like Cherry Rondina and Bernadeth Pons will have a chance to turn professional athletes as well.
This as Charo Soriano bared Friday evening that Beach Volleyball Republic and the Games and Amusements Board are currently in talks about turning the league pro.
“Like the path that the PVL has taken, we are looking at professionalizing beach volleyball,” said Charo Soriano during the press conference between GAB and PVL.
Since 2015, BVR has been going around the country in promoting the growing sport of volleyball.
One of the milestones hit by the league was back in 2019 when it hosted the FIVB World Tour Boracay Open — which many consider as a breakthrough not just for BVR but also for the sport.
“Although there are several challenges since we are still in our infancy stage. We still haven’t reached the traction of indoor volleyball,” continued the 35-year-old entrepreneur.
One of the models BVR can look at is Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3, which despite being just two years old turned pro as well.
That is why helping guide BVR’s process is none other than GAB Chairman Baham Mitra.
“They are interrelated — indoor at outdoor. We are a little worried because the economy is not doing well because of the pandemic. I just hope we will give them a chance to grow. This coming year will be like a growth stage for the PVL and, hopefully, the BVR. Sana huwag masyadong malaki yung expectation and the sponsors will continue to support the league because there are passion and energy,” said Mitra.
“We are here to help.”
This is another good news for volleyball after Soriano’s mentor Ricky Palou has turned PVL pro and is also currently in the process of turning Spiker’s Turf pro as well.