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THE Philippines has entered one other golden period in sports activities.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz scored the nation’s first Olympic gold medal in 2020. Golfer Yuka Saso grew to become the primary Filipino to win the US Girls’s Open in 2021. Gymnast Carlos Yulo additionally bagged a number of medals on the planet stage in 2021. And Junna Tsukii grew to become the primary Filipino to win a karate gold on the World Video games in 2022.

The Philippine girls’s nationwide soccer workforce earned a spot to play within the 2023 World Cup. The Blu Boys, too, will advance to the Softball World Cup in New Zealand later this yr.

Let’s embody within the record pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, who lately had a profitable out of doors season, successful six golds out of eight tournaments in Europe.

And now we now have Alex Eala, the tennis prodigy who dominated the ladies singles occasion on the US Open in New York, additionally a primary for the Philippines in any Grand Slam event.

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Eala, solely 17, has improved quite a bit since her bronze medal efficiency in girls’s singles and combined doubles on the Southeast Asian Video games final Might.

Philippine tennis truly has an honest displaying within the final Sea Video games because the pair of Deal with Huey and Ruben Gonzales defeated fellow Filipinos Jeson Patrombon and Francis Alcantara within the males’s doubles gold medal match.

Talking of tennis, the distinguished Davis Cup is ready to enter its knockout section in November.

The eight remaining groups are USA, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Australia, Germany, Canada and The Netherlands.

The Philippines is presently ranked 127th within the Davis Cup.

Our Southeast Asian neighbors, nevertheless, are ranked a lot increased. Malaysia is 88th. Thailand is 72nd. Vietnam is 68th. And Indonesia is 62nd.

Why is the Philippines ranked so low even if we nearly made it within the World Group 2 playoffs on the Davis Cup in 2020? We ought to be ranked inside the neighborhood of our SEA Video games rivals.

Properly, that is as a result of the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) slapped a two-year suspension on the Philippine Tennis Affiliation (Philta) in November 2020 for management and membership points.

By advantage of the ITF suspension, the Philippines is banned from enjoying within the Davis Cup.

Philta additionally can’t be a part of any basic meeting assembly of the ITF, apply for any type of ITF funding or grant program, apply for any ITF improvement technical help or ITF improvement packages, apply for any nationwide event to kind a part of the ITF Circuits together with the ITF World Tennis Tour (males’s, girls’s and juniors), ITF Wheelchair World Tour, ITF Seaside Tennis Circuit, ITF Seniors Circuit and ITF Official Workforce competitions.

Philta, nevertheless, mentioned amendments have been made in its Structure to extend and widen the affiliation’s membership and illustration. The nationwide federation additionally held a digital election final January underneath the watchful eyes of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

However are these strikes sufficient for ITF to elevate the ban?

I actually hope I do know.

The largest victims of the ITF sanction are the Filipino tennis gamers who ought to have the ability to play in ITF tournaments.

Simply take a look at Diaz, Obiena, Yulo, Saso and Tsukii who all campaigned overseas and performed towards the perfect athletes of their respective fields. Similar factor applies for tennis gamers who must compete at a excessive stage.

Eala educated on the Rafa Nadal Academy and is seeking to play within the girls’s division on the Girls’s Tennis Tour.

However what in regards to the different Filipino tennis gamers?

Gamers want worldwide publicity such because the ITF sanctioned tournaments.

It is a no brainer.

Philta must form up and mend the ache. The nation must regain its turf within the Davis Cup. The very last thing we’d like is to provide the ITF a motive to increase its ban on the Philippines.

Like I mentioned, the Philippines has entered a golden period in sports activities and it could be a disgrace if tennis is relegated to the sidelines.

Farewell, Sir Joe

The Philippine sports activities writing neighborhood has misplaced a pillar with the passing of Jose “Joe” Antonio, long-time sports activities editor of Individuals’s Journal.

He was 69.

Sir Joe, as we fondly name him, is pleasant to all however I consider he has a particular fondness for fledgling sports activities writers. He had this knack of welcoming newcomers into the writing neighborhood and making her or him really feel at residence.

That is what he did to me years in the past and I am certain he did the identical to many younger writers.

Sir Joe briefly labored with Tempo and The Manila Instances within the early post-EDSA Revolution period, earlier than coming again to the Journal household.

He was sports activities editor for 35 years till the time of his loss of life.

Joe is survived by spouse Lita Antonio, son Steve Ovett, daughter in-law Princess Anne, and grandchildren Anthony James and Andre Stephen.

Interment might be on the Forest Park Memorial on Sunday.

Sir Joe, you can be missed and remembered eternally.

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