THE Philippine Lawn Tennis Association will seek the help of the 10 Southeast Asian ambassadors to Myanmar as well as the Asian Tennis Federation in a bid to have the sport reinstated in the Southeast Asian Games calendar.
Tennis, an Olympic sport, has been scratched from the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games amid reports that organizers claim they have no venue suitable to host a SEA Games competition, although the country is set to host a Davis Cup tie in April.
“The way I see it, it’s more of the seven gold medals at stake kasi wala silang pag-asa (na manalo) at player,” said Philta secretary general Romeo Magat.
“Hindi reason ’yun na hindi sila makapag-host dahil their tennis center is undergoing renovation right now in preparation for the Davis Cup hosting in April,” he added.
Magat said they will write the ambassadors to help the Philippines reach out to the Myanmar SEA Games Organizing Committee.
“The diplomatic approach, I believe, is the strongest thing that we can use,” said Magat on Monday. “It is for the ambassadors to get involved.”
Magat said that they are also seeing an audience with ATF president Anil Kumar Khanna to appeal for tennis’ inclusion in the SEA Games.
“Tignan muna namin result nung diplomatic (approach), then the meeting with the ATF president will be our last-ditch appeal to request for tennis' inclusion in the SEA Games,” Magat said.
Magat, who also sits as deputy chef de mission of the Philippine delegation to this year’s SEA Games, is confident his sport will eventually be calendared.
“Ang reading ko, we have a high percentage of being considered to be included in the SEA Games,” Magat said.