|AITA to have final word in Olympics selection |
2012-06-20 [11:17:32 hrs]
|All India Tennis Association (AITA) has scored a moral victory while Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna were snubbed after the Sports Ministry left the selection of the men`s doubles pair for next month`s Olympics to AITA`s discretion.|
|Requested by Bhupathi and Bopanna, who want to be sent to the London Games as a team, the Ministry decided against interfering in AITA`s selection process and asked the body to take a call keeping in mind the national interest.|
The ministry`s stand, which delivered a big blow to Bhupathi and Bopanna, came after AITA dashed off a detailed reply which outlined the logic behind pairing the feuding duo of Leander Paes and Bhupathi despite the latter`s opposition.
Bhupathi and Bopanna want AITA to choose another partner for Paes, who has gained direct individual entry to the London draw based on the basis of his top-10 ranking.