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Davis Cup 2019: AITA ask ITF to postpone India vs Pakistan tie or shift to neutral venue “suo moto”

New Delhi: India’s nationwide tennis federation on Wednesday requested the world governing physique ITF to both postpone the Davis Cup tie towards Pakistan in Islamabad or take it to a impartial venue “suo moto” given the present diplomatic pressure between the 2 international locations.

The All India Tennis affiliation (AITA), taking a extra aggressive stance than earlier, mentioned it could not request for a impartial venue for the Asia Oceania Zone 1 tie on 14-15 September as is being requested by the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF).

Prajnesh Gunneswaran is known as to steer India in singles for the Davis Cup tie towards Pakistan. AFP

The AITA desires the ITF to take that decision based mostly on the present state of affairs and expressed shock that the governing physique is asking India to make a request as “this duty rests with the ITF.”

“Within the present state of affairs, there are two choices which the ITF Board of Administrators could need to take into account: (I) Postpone the particular Davis Cup Tie to November/December by which era hopefully the state of affairs would have stabilised.”

“(II) Because the present state of affairs doesn’t appear to be conducive, in our opinion topic to our studying the report of your safety consultants, ITF Board of Administrators suo moto by itself could determine to shift this explicit Davis Cup tie to a impartial venue at ITF’s value,” it mentioned in a mail addressed to ITF Govt Director Justine Albert.

Albert, in an earlier mail, acknowledged that the ITF is glad with the present safety preparations in Islamabad. The assertion got here after Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with India after provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, which gave the state particular standing, had been finished away with. Jammu and Kashmir has been made a Union Territory now.

“We’re shocked and really involved that the AITA has not secured visas as but, regardless of receiving the visa invitation letter on 23 July. As per the Davis Cup Rules, it’s the duty of the visiting nation to finish the necessities for visa functions…,” Albert mentioned.

This was in response to an AITA mail looking for a recent safety examine within the Pakistan capital. The Indian physique mentioned it was “disenchanted” by the ITF’s reply.

“You needn’t fear about our preparations to go to Pakistan. We have now sufficient time to use for visas. When you have any data which is totally different from what has been the previous follow, kindly tell us,” learn the newest mail that went from AITA secretary common Hironmoy Chatterjee to the ITF.

The AITA mentioned that the ITF must pay attention to the truth that Pakistan has downgraded diplomatic relations with India and requested the Indian Ambassador to go away.

“…we would not have an Ambassador any longer in Islamabad. Trains between India and Pakistan have been stopped. Bus service between India and Pakistan has additionally been stopped with rapid impact. There may be lot of undercurrent of pressure in Pakistan,” the mail acknowledged.

“Air house has additionally been shut off for Indian planes.”

Chatterjee mentioned a telephonic dialogue could be held between AITA and ITF safety consultants on Friday and if India is “glad with the safety preparations and dialogue between our respective groups, all the things can be so as.”

“In case AITA is just not glad, we’d request the Board of Administrators of ITF to offer us a listening to on our views in issues referring to safety for this explicit Davis Cup tie,” he mentioned.

“In case the Board of Administrators of ITF and the Davis Cup Committee are usually not 100 per cent sure in regards to the future due to the escalating tensions, the Board of Administrators is absolutely authorised to both postpone the tie or maintain the identical at a impartial venue.

Chatterjee cited a 2001 Davis Cup tie between India and the USA in North Carolina, which was postponed due to the 9/11 terror strike in New York.

“Though there was no additional safety risk in USA or at North Carolina the place the Davis Cup tie was to be held, it was determined by the ITF contemplating the general temper in USA that it’ll not be applicable to go forward with the tie,” he recalled.

“On this explicit state of affairs of India vs Pakistan Davis Cup tie….the latest developments have resulted in an environment which isn’t conducive for a cheerful pleasant tie between the 2 groups which have immense respect for one another,” he mentioned.

Chatterjee mentioned ITF’s response at the moment exhibits that risk notion is just not the one consideration to postpone a tie or transfer it to a impartial venue.

“Whether or not or not there’s a safety risk in Islamabad, the moods of the 2 nations are deeply affected and there may be an undercurrent of pressure which is probably not being taken into consideration by the Safety Company of ITF of their evaluation,” he mentioned.

“…ITF ought to observe the instance it had arrange within the tie between India and USA and postpone this explicit Davis Cup tie for 2 months…,” he added.

“ITF can be seen as an Establishment which is attempting to construct bridges of friendship and sustaining fairness whereas coping with nations whether or not it’s USA or nations in South Asia,” he concluded.


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Arihant Chopra has been working in the Sports industry. He currently contributes for Trevino by writing about sports content. He started his career with Trevino to get started as a journalist.

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