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Philta crisis over, elections set December 11 – Tolentino

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THE crisis at the Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) is finally over with the election of members of the federation’s board of trustees as prescribed by the International Federation (ITF) through the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has been set for December 11 at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.

POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino expressed relief over the resolution of the Philta crisis which started on December 3, 2020, when the ITF suspended the national sports association. (NSA).

The ITF suspension was borne out of what the world governing body deemed as the Philta’s board of trustees (BOT) having an “exclusive membership” and not a regional representation.

As a result, the ITF sought the POC to create an ad hoc body to oversee the operations of the Philta while revising the NSA’s charter that hinges on a membership bordering on a genuine nationwide representation.

The ITF put its imprimatur recently on the NSA’s amended by-laws through its senior legal counsel Hannah McLean and Thomas Needham with the election of the new members of the board of trustees specifically set before the year ends.

“It’s a crisis that dragged on for years and we are glad that the ITF has commented on the amended by-laws and gave the Philta a path back to recognition,” Tolentino said.

POC deputy head of legal Atty. Billy Sumagui and NSA caretaker Ramon “Tats” Suzara led the amendment of the by-laws that now require the Philta BOT to have 13 members from geographic sectors consisting of the country’s various regions.

The amended by-laws were based on the original 1955 and revised 2020 Philta by-laws, ITF constitution, Hongkong Tennis Association by-laws, The Rule of Tennis, and the Philippine Corporate Law.

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