PSC set to pull plug on Philta funding

Unless newly installed tennis president Buddy Andrada decides to give way and hand over the reins to Jean Henri Lhuillier, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will stop funding the Philippine Lawn Tennis Association (Philta).

PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez, however, made it clear yesterday that while the Philta won’t get money from the agency, their athletes will be taken care of.

“The NSA won’t get any funding but the athletes will,” said Ramirez, noting that should the PSC proceed with the drastic measure, the agency will handle the purchase of airfare, book their hotels and give their allowances.

Ramirez had relayed his message to various NSAs that the agency won’t hesitate to withdraw funding NSAs that don’t only perform but have been experiencing liquidation problems.

“As early as July, I have told them that they all have to shape up,” said Ramirez.

Andrada insisted that he was forced to break his promise to tennis stakeholders that include Lhuillier, when his long-time backers, the Olivarez’s (Pablo and Edwin) and Misas (Manuel and Martin), convinced him to stay.

Ramirez swears that tennis took a dive the last ten years as the Philta resorted to recruiting Fil-Ams that generally didn’t perform to expectations.

While the country won a few gold medals in the SEAG from 2005 until 2011, Thailand still reigned supreme overall even as the Philta paraded the likes of Cecil Mamitt, Treat Huey and Denise Dy, relegating the locals to the supporting cast role.


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