Philta postpones election for fourth time
THE long-running “tennisserye” painfully continues.
This is after the Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) has once again postponed the election slated Friday. The Philta election was originally set for February 8.
Erstwhile Philta chair Jean Henri Lhuillier expressed disappointment over the fourth stalling of the Philta elections which he claimed could jeopardise the country’s stint in the Southeast Asian Games in August.
Already, the Philippines blew up its Davis Cup second round stint when top players Treat Huey, Ruben Gonzales and Francis Casey Alcantara withdrew from the tie early this month.
Huey, Gonzales and Alcantara are under Lhuillier’s sponsorships which have already pulled out support of Philta along with several other major stakeholders.
“I don’t understand all these postponements anymore. Someone who has a vested interest is clearly behind this,” said Lhuillier. “All I want is to have a fair election done for the sake of the stakeholders specially the players.”
Long-time Philta president Salvador “Buddy” Andrada said he is already hands-off on the issue but also expressed dismay with the recent development.
“This is a sad event for Philippine tennis. We should fix this mess. But I’m no longer president. I resigned last Feb. 17. I’m just a board of trustees member and they may or may not give me notice to attend board meetings,” said Andrada.
Philta reportedly called off the elections because it was a holiday in Manila Friday and their office at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex was closed.
“We should hold this immediately to save the country’s participation in the upcoming SEA Games,” said Lhuillier.
He also lashed out at the appointment of new Philta board member in lawyer Antonio Cabiltas.
“Something’s fishy with that. Why do that now? The timing and method are very questionable. It was hastily done and there was not even a quorum,” added Lhuillier in a statement. —