POC to discuss tennis election issue next month

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THE Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will discuss the outcome of the Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) election during the POC executive board meeting next month.

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Cynthia Carrion, who served as POC representative during the election last July 29 at the Philta office at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, has submitted her report to POC President Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr.

Carrion, president of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines, is also a member of the POC Executive Board.

Salvador “Buddy” Andrada got the support of seven out of the 12 members of the Board of Trustees to assume the presidency and finish the unexpired term of Edwin Olivarez until 2018.

Olivarez resigned as Philta chief to devote his time as mayor of Parañaque City.

The International Tennis Federation, the world-governing body of tennis, has sent a congratulatory message to Andrada after learning of the election result.

“Congratulations and I look forward to meeting you and wish you success growing tennis in the Philippines,” said ITF President David Haggerty in an email dated July 29.

The result of the Philta election, however, is being questioned by some members of the association’s Board of Trustees.

In a press statement, Philta Vice-President Randy Villanueva claimed he has been recognized as presidentby virtue of an email sent by the ITF president last July 30.

Philta Chairman Jean Henri Lhuillier, who did not attend the election, has not made any comment on the election result.

PNA

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