Richard Gomez in not new in terms of representing the country in different sports discipline. He has been in the Philippine rowing team, Philippine shooting, Philippine fencing and the most recently is a member of the Philippine volleyball team. At 47 he is the most senior player in the team which is mostly composed of young guns on their twenties.
The inclusion of Richard Gomez in the National team garnered mixed reactions from netizens. Some are optimistic and supportive others are pessimistic and stating that its just a publicity stunt to increase the popularity of men’s volleyball games.