Embattled tennis chief stepping down

After earning a rebuke from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) for grabbing the Philippine Tennis Association presidency, retired colonel Salvador Andrada announced last night that he is stepping down.

His decision came less than a week after the Philta held a meeting supposedly to elect a new set of officers. Instead, the Philta board decided not to hold an election for president and anointed the 81-year-old Andrada to continue the unfinished term of Mayor Edwin Olivares of Parañaque.

This triggered a walkout by a group of tennis stakeholders led by Jean Henri Lhuillier who had been promised the post during a meeting last year with International Tennis Federation, Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission officials.

Andrada’s assumption threw the tennis community in turmoil leading to the decision of Lhuillier and Bobby Castro of Palawan Pawnshop, two of the leading promoters of tennis in the country, to bolt from Philta.

“I will submit a document saying that the position of president is vacant so an election can be held,” Andrada, 81, said yesterday.

But Andrada reportedly is not closing the door to running if he is nominated, making his decision to step down as a mere ploy to contain the fallout from tennis supporters.

Lhuillier, who brought to the country superstars such as Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal for an exhibition, was not available for comment.

PSC chairman William Ramirez said the election of Andrada is step backwards for Philippine tennis and lamented the association’s lack direction.

NSAs told to account for P108-million fund

Meanwhile, Philippine Sports Commission yesterday sent out letters to 57 national sports associations, including the Philippine Olympic Committee, asking them to settle their financial obligations amounting to P108 million.

PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez had planned to stop the funding of NSAs who have been unable to show receipts for its expenses, but held back and decided to give the associations more time to settle their accounts. He set a deadline of March 16.


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