from The Challenge (Arnesen-Tennis)
by Jonas Arnesen
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Four years after he was involved in a bank scandal, Stefan Dahlbo will resign as chairman of the Swedish Tennis Federation. Some twenty days ago, Journalist Jonas Arnesen, one of the most authoritative tennis writers in Sweden, contacted Stefan Edberg to hear if he would be interested in replacing him. (m.c.)
Lots of readers of "Challenge" messaged and emailed me the same thing in recent weeks: Stefan Edberg should be elected new chairman of the Swedish Tennis Federation. I think it would have been an excellent choice. But unfortunately: «The President has an important role but no, it's not for me. I'm already helping Swedish tennis the way I want to and the way I can,» says Stefan to the Challenge.
Clear signals from the former world number one as the Nominating Committee may hold back the call (if they were ever supposed to call).
Stefan is just the kind of leader that the union needs to repair its tarnished reputation.
He's very popular and is greatly respected both in sporting circles as in business. He is a big name internationally and could make the voice of a small nation heard in a completely different way than less-known leaders can.
But that's enough because Stefan anyway is not currently interested.
Stefan Edberg has supported Swedish tennis for many years through his foundation and, with Magnus Larsson and Carl-Axel Hageskog, he runs the Ready Play Academy that started a tennis University in Växjö in collaboration with other covenant.
Since you are so heavily involved, you naturally have extra large interest that the union has a good chairman and a good board. Do you have any names?
- No, not like that straight off. The board as a whole is just as important. A chairman shall have the contacts, he should have a name and act internationally.
The sports movement is changing, is it time for an executive chairman?
- Well, it's probably not necessary. What matters is that he or she has passion for tennis.
You are always diplomatic and careful with words, what do you think about the fact that Stefan Dahlbo has left four years after he was notified of suspected serious economic crime?
- There are different aspects to it. I know Stefan, maybe not quite well, but I do know him. He knows a lot of tennis, he is interested in tennis and has got contacts there, so on that point of view, he's okay. Sure there's a question mark with his involvement in the HQ bank case and it creates some concern. It is a minus matter how you look at it. So there are both pluses and minuses. Perhaps there has previously been no replacement. But it's been clear for some time that Stefan should resign and, yes, it is well late now anyway.
Finally, will your cooperation with Federer go on for the rest of the season?
- We will continue as last year, possibly in somewhat lesser extent. We have just completed the Australian Open and did not make clear exactly how many weeks we will continue for the rest of the year.
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