A CRUCIAL meeting among a few members of the Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) board is set for Friday night in light of the Philippine Olympic Committe's deicsion not to recognize the federation’s elections that saw Buddy Andrada retain his post as president.
Philta secretary-general Romeo Magat confirmed a meeting was called by Paranaque City mayor and incumbent Philta president Edwin Olivarez among board members, including retired colonel Andrada and Jean Henri Lhuillier, in a bid to find a resolution to the leadership impasse.
The meeting came in the wake of the POC's refusal to recognize the result of elections held by Philta last week that was marred by a walkout by the Lhuillier block after Andrada had a change of heart and decided to stay on as president.
The move led to Cebuana Lhuillier, Palawan Pawnshop, and other major supporters cutting their ties with Philta.
Netball president Dr. Charlie Ho, who was appointed by the POC as the observer in the Philta election, said the polls last February 8 were not recognized by the Olympic body since it didn't follow regulations set by the by-laws of the tennis federation.
Under Philta laws, the tennis body must first elect a board of trustees, which would then elect the set of officers including the president, Ho said.
“There was no election of the board of trustees. They immediately jumped to vice president, secretary general, and treasurer. Based on the by-laws, only the board of trustees can elect the new set of officers,” said Ho.
Ho added the POC also didn't recognize the elections that re-installed Andrada as Philta president last July following the resignation of Olivarez, for the same reason.
Philta, POC, and International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty later agreed to hold an election on January 7, with both camps agreeing that Andrada stays on as president in a holdover capacity before a new president is elected.
With the non-recognition of the February polls, Ho said Olivarez is still recognized by the POC as the Philta president to this day.