Philippines wants Pakistan tie moved to Manila

MANILA: The Philippines'' tennis authorities have asked Davis Cup organizers to move the July regional playoff against Pakistan from Lahore to Manila due to fears of its players being attacked.

Philippine Lawn Tennis Association vice president Randy Villanueva cited the March 3 attack on Sri Lanka''s cricketers in Lahore, which killed six police officers and a driver and injured several players, as evidence of the risk for sports team visiting Pakistan.

“We asked them to be moved here to the Philippines because of the safety of our players and because of recent events in Pakistan, especially the cricket team of Sri Lanka getting attacked,'''' Villanueva told reporters here.

The association was awaiting a response from the International Tennis Federation, which shifted last week''s Pakistan-Oman tie to Muscat from its original venue in Lahore.