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More Philta disgruntled sponsors pull out


February 17, 2017

PROTESTS against the Philippine Tennis Association’s failure to conduct an election for the presidency continues to mount as more sponsors withdrew their affiliations from the association.

The Quorum Group of companies joined Cebuana Lhuillier and Palawan Pawnshop, organizers of the two biggest age-group tournaments in the country, in pulling out their support to Philta.

Cebuana and Palawan also announced they would put up a unified ranking system for the age group tournaments they are organizing.

“We are formally announcing that the tournaments organized by the Toby’s Youth Sports Foundation and Wilson Sports are withdrawing from the Philta calendar,” said Roberto Claudio, CEO of the Toby’s Youth Sports Foundation which has been organizing the Toby’s Summer Tennis Festival, one of the largest age-group tennis competitions held every April that is on its now on its 16th year.

“We believe this is the right thing to do given the lack of a clearly defined program by the current leadership of Philta which has caused the stagnation of the sport in the country.” added Claudio.

Randy Villanueva, organizer of the annual Tru-Flex National Age-Group, announced that the 17-year old tournament is also pulling out from the Philta calendar and will join the new unified ranking system spearheaded by Cebuana Lhuillier and Palawan Pawnshop.

These withdrawals of top sponsors and tournament organizers are just the start of a series of protest actions by different tennis stakeholders on Buddy Andrada’s insistence to retain the presidency amidst non-performance in his previous 20-year reign as Philta president.

Andrada recently reneged from his vow to the Philta board, ITF president David Haggerty and POC president Peping Cojuangco, both present during the ITF -Philta - POC meeting last Oct 2016,that he was stepping down from the presidency.

Andrada also decided not to open up the position in the recent Philta elections, sparking more uproar in the tennis community.

Source: malaya.com.ph

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