Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Executive Director Guillermo Iloy assured Alex Eala that they will provide the financial aid that was promised to her and will personally facilitate the processing of the document.

/ 13 October 2020

This was after the flak that PSC drew after posting a congratulatory message a day after Eala’s feat in the French Open Girls Tournament bidding with a semis finish.

The government agency claimed that they provided financial support to the Filipina tennis prodigy amounting to 3 million pesos for her tournament travels and two-month training abroad.

PSC added that the Philippine Tennis Association requested to allot another 1.5 million pesos for her six international tournaments that started January this year.

It was strongly debunked by Michael Eala, Alex’s father, that although PSC promised to provide support for her daughter, they had not received the monetary aid yet.

“In the wake of a great run of Alex at Roland Garros, the French Open, it is sad to see that agencies claim to support athletes with Millions of pesos in spite of not having given a single centavo,” he said.

Moreover, the Eala family asserted that tennis star travel expenses were funded by the family through her generous sponsors. They added that her international training was made possible because of her scholarship from Rafa Nadal Academy.

The sport governing body then issued an erratum on Sunday regarding their social media post and stated that it was the communications office’s fault and claimed that it was unintended misinformation on their part. The previous post had been taken down.

Granted that PSC will be processing the million financial aid to Eala, her father refused the assistance according to the developments from Inquirer.

“They can give that financial assistance to other athletes who badly need it,” said Michael Eala to Inquirer. 

“We’ve come this far without them anyway,” he added.

Recently, the 15-year-old tennis athlete seeded no. 2 spot in the World Tennis Tour Junior Girls Ranking climbing from no. 4 after her stint in the French Open bowing to Elsa Jacquermot of France in the semifinals.