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MANILA, Philippines – Philip Ella Juico, president of the Philippine Superliga, has assured that the PSL Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup will finally take place this weekend on the sand courts of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

The three-day bubble tournament, which starts on Friday, was originally scheduled for November, but had to be canceled due to Typhoon Ulysses.

“Everything is in order. There are some problems to be resolved, but the event is progressing and the teams are ready,” Juico said on Tuesday at the PSA forum.

The league formalized its return to action on Monday with eight teams competing in the Challenge Cup.

Juico said both Abanse Negrense teams have already arrived in Subic while the rest of the peloton, including guest team Kennedy Solar Energy-PetroGazz, will hit base by Wednesday.

Two Sta. Teams from Lucia, F2 Logistics, United Auctioneers Inc. and Toby’s Sports are the other teams participating in the country’s first volleyball event since the COVID-19 pandemic after being given the nod from the Interagency Task Force through of its resolution 79.

“This is a historic event for volleyball and non-professional sports, as it is the first event to have received authorization from the authorities to organize a sports competition,” Juico said.

Strict health and safety protocols will be applied to players and staff. The coronavirus saliva tests will be carried out by the Red Cross.

“After the test, they will go straight to the hotel where we will be quarantined for 24 hours. Once the negative result comes out, that is the time when they will be transferred to their designated double room, ”said PSL manager of beach volleyball Ginio Panganiban, who is now in Subic.

The games will be broadcast live on YouTube and Instagram.

The league is currently in talks with GMA 7 as a new broadcast partner.

“We have not been able to present it on free television due to the lack of time, but we are negotiating with GMA 7 for future events,” Juico said.

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