The parents of Filipina junior tennis sensation Alex Eala have bluntly belied claims by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) that “millions of pesos” were given for her training expenses.
In a previous Facebook post (now deleted), the PSC alleged it had advanced P3 million for Eala’s various expenses to Europe, US and other parts of the world.
“For the record, we have not received any of the funds in millions of pesos mentioned,” according to Eala’s mother Rizza Maniego (former SEA Games swimming bronze medalist).
“In fact, we have been trying to reimburse Alex’s travel expenses for the 2020 Australian Open last January but we are being given the runaround at the PSC.”
The PSC said that the P3 million was apart from the P1.5 million assistance that was approved for her 6 international tournaments since January 2020, as requested by the Philippine Lawn Tennis Association (PHILTA).
“There was and is no support (from the PSC),” Maniego-Eala decried.
The 15-year old Eala made history after she zoomed to No. 2 in the International Tennis Federation’s girls’ junior rankings due to her exploits in the 2020 French Open in Roland Garros where she made to the semi-finals in its girls’ junior category.