As the procedural process for the elevation of the Tennis Federation of Cambodia’s membership status takes its course, Asian Tennis Federation President Anil Khanna has come out strongly in support of the Kingdom’s bid.
In a recommendatory letter to the International Tennis Federation President Francesco Ricci Bitti, a copy of which was made available to The Post, the ATF chief enlisted several accomplishments by the TFC, branding them as an “important endeavour in Asian Tennis”.
“Tennis is clearly on a growth path once again after decades of unfortunate lay off,” wrote Khanna. “The Federation has contracted a foreign coach, built its own training centre, has developed a player with
a world ranking and has emphasised the mini tennis programmes.
“It is obvious that the Cambodian Federation has allocated a lot of resources and attention to the ITF Play and Stay campaign and the Junior Tennis Initiative in both public and private schools. I strongly recommend the elevation of TFC to B-class membership.”
During his most recent visit to Phnom Penh in June of last year for the inauguration of the National Training Centre, the ATF chief made an emotional pledge to play his part in bringing Cambodia back to the international stage.
TFC Secretary General Tep Rithivit said the federation was pleased at the show of strong support from Anil Khanna.
“We have always valued his opinions and suggestions and he has been one of our steadfast supporters,” said the Secretary, who recently met Khanna at a private function in Singapore.
The change of membership status entitles Cambodia to rejoin the Davis Cup competition next year. The TFC made a formal application to seek B-class membership last year and the ensuing ITF’s Annual General Meeting in Bangkok during September is expected to endorse the elevation.