by Nick Giongco
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is looking for a win-win solution to the leadership dispute affecting the Philippine Lawn Tennis Association (Philta), POC spokesperson Ed Picson said yesterday.
In an effort to adhere to the directives of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the POC Membership Committee is slated to sit down with Philta secretary-general Romy Magat soon.
An Oct. 11 letter from the ITF to the Philta, copies of which were also forwarded to the POC, stated that the leadership and election of Philta president Anthony Cablitas is not being recognized by the ITF as the Philta didn’t follow the ITF’s directives on increased membership and the improved representation of stakeholders.
Calls and texts made to Cablitas and POC Membership Committee head Robert Bachmann were not returned.
“The meeting will detail the steps needed for recognition (by the ITF),” said Picson. “This includes amendments to their by-laws and an election that would involve stakeholders.”
The ITF letter likewise stated that it doesn’t recognize the Philta’s elections in July 2016, February 2017 and June 2017 for failing to abide by the instructions.
In the last few weeks, the POC has actually reached out to the camp of well-known tennis patron Jean Henri Lhuillier, who is being groomed to take over Philta.