Fo­cus on Ju­niors at ATF Gen­eral As­sem­bly

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT - HS Manjunath

THE Asian Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion’s an­nual Gen­eral As­sem­bly last week­end dis­cussed in de­tail pos­si­ble tour­na­ment sites for the newly in­tro­duced ATF Ju­niors and ATF 14 and Un­der (14U), piv­ot­ing ju­nior devel­op­ment to strengthen the game in the con­ti­nent.

The AGM was held at the Penin­sula ho­tel in Manila and was jointly headed by In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent David Hag­gerty and ATF Pres­i­dent Anil Khanna.

It was a his­toric first for Ten­nis Cam­bo­dia’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral Tep Rithivit who at­tended the as­sem­bly both as a newly el­e­vated ATF board mem­ber and also as the Asian body’s chair­man of ju­niors and rank­ings.

The na­tional cal­en­dar for the com­ing year was one of the vi­tal parts of the busi­ness ses­sion and sev­eral in­di­vid­ual fed­er­a­tions chose to hold bi­lat­eral talks to im­prove co­op­er­a­tion and sup­port.

As the del­e­gates worked on the new ju­nior struc­ture and sug­gested venues, the floor also took up a crit­i­cal re­view of the 14U Closed Cham­pi­onship that was held for the first time ever in East Asia dur­ing Septem­ber.

“It’s a great hon­our for me be­ing a board mem­ber for the ATF, and more im­por­tantly be­ing able to give more voice to our small but de­ter­mined ten­nis na­tion,” Tep Rithivit said.

“With our newly elected Pres­i­dent of Ten­nis Cam­bo­dia, Sear Rithy, and our close re­la­tion­ship with both the ATF and ITF, we are soon en­ter­ing a very ex­cit­ing 2019 for Ten­nis Cam­bo­dia.”

Also there were for­mer ITF Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Devel­op­ment, David Mi­ley, who is now work­ing closely with the ATF, cur­rent ITF Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Devel­op­ment, Luca San­tilli, and ITF Devel­op­ment Of­fi­cer of South, South­east and East Asia, Jonathan Stubbs.

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Ten­nis Cam­bo­dia Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Tep Rithivit (sec­ond from left) at the ATF Board of Di­rec­tors meet­ing in Manila.

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