THE International Tennis Federation (ITF) has endorsed the candidacy of under-fire sports administrator Paul Chingoka for re-election to the board.
rt heard this week that Chingoka’s candidacy together with 20 others was endorsed at the ITF Board of Control meeting in Zurich last month.
Chingoka attended the meeting.
Twenty-one candidates will vie for the 12 seats on the board at the annual general meeting in Prague from June 15-17.
The 12 elected members will be mandated to drive the international tennis body until 2007.
Contacted for comment Chingoka confirmed having attended the meeting.
“I attended the meeting and it was business as usual. My candidacy was endorsed together with 20 other candidates,” Chingoka said.
Chingoka is seeking re-election into the ITF board alongside Jan Carlzon (Sweden), Anil Khanna (India), Juan Margets (Spain), Christine Ungricht (Switzerland), Geoff Pollard (Australia) and Alan Schwartz (USA).
For Africa’s sole seat on the board Chingoka will vie with Mohamed Bouabdallah (Algeria), Ismail El Shafei (Egypt), Johann Koorts (South Africa) and Chuka Momah (Nigeria).
Koorts heads the South African Tennis Association (Sata) after he was re-elected in February.
Bouabdallah and El Shafei are also in with a chance though there are fears that they might split the vote in the Arab world.
Former player El Shafei is the only Egyptian to feature in the top 20 world rankings in ATP history. He was Wimbledon Junior champion in 1964. Momah banks on the support from the West African nations.
Other candidates vying for the ITF board are Valerie Adler (Venezuela), Miguel Carrizosa (Paraguay), Armando Cervone (Argentina), Pierre Darmon (France), Franklin R Johnson (USA), Tomaz Koch (Brazil), Raymond McKenzie (Barbados), Charles Trippe (UK), Stefan Tzvetkov (Bulgaria) and Georg Von Waldenfels (Germany).
Chingoka and TZ treasurer Bash Mahomed were suspended from TZ last month to allow investigations into alleged financial improprieties.
Chingoka was the honorary life president of TZ.
IndependentSport can reveal that TZ’s participation at the ITF AGM was uncertain due to financial problems.
TZ president Cecil Gombera said the association “will vote if it manages to send a candidate for the AGM”.
Gombera said the TZ board meets tomorrow to prepare for the association’s AGM at the end of the month.
On the candidate the national association will support at the ITF AGM, Gombera said the matter will come under discussion tomorrow. — Staff Writers.