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Davis Cup: World tennis body snubs India, refuses to provide neutral venue for away tie against Pakistan

New Delhi: In a giant snub to India’s nationwide tennis federation, the world governing physique ITF on Wednesday refused to both postpone or shift the Davis Cup tie towards Pakistan out of Islamabad.

The Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) has communicated to the All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA) that the timings or the venue for the 14-15 September tie will not change as of now. Earlier within the day, AITA had requested ITF to both postpone the tie or take it to a impartial venue suo moto given the present diplomatic pressure between the 2 nations.

File picture Mahesh Bhupathi. AFP

As a substitute, the ITF has shared their safety plans with AITA and provided them to have a dialogue on Monday with their safety consultants.

“They’ve shared their safety plans and primarily based on that, they really feel the timings, dates or the venue needn’t shift. They aren’t understanding the stress that has been prevailing between the 2 nations,” AITA secretary normal Hironmoy Chatterjee instructed PTI.

“We had requested for a dialogue with the ITF Board however they stated that the Board doesn’t take care of Davis Cup issues. Now the ITF safety advisors and Executives will now focus on the matter with us on 19 August.”

“We are going to attempt to persuade them that they postpone the tie or present us with an alternate venue. If they don’t agree, we’ll take a name on Monday on what to do subsequent,” Chatterjee stated.

It has been learnt that India’s non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi has requested the AITA to incorporate him additionally within the convention name in order that he may converse on behalf of the gamers.

Sources instructed PTI that Bhupathi has even forwarded a communication to the ITF by the AITA, attempting to persuade them on a impartial venue. When contacted, Bhupathi neither confirmed nor denied the data.

The AITA, taking a extra aggressive stance than earlier, had stated it needs the ITF to take the decision to shift the venue primarily based on the present scenario and expressed shock that the governing physique is asking India to make a request as “this accountability rests with the ITF.”

“Within the present scenario, there are two choices which the ITF Board of Administrators might wish to think about. Both they may postpone the particular Davis Cup Tie to November/December by which period hopefully the scenario would have stabilised; or, because the present scenario doesn’t appear to be conducive, in our opinion topic to our studying the report of your safety consultants, the ITF Board of Administrators suo moto might determine to shift this specific Davis Cup tie to a impartial venue on the ITF’s value,” AITA wrote in a mail addressed to ITF Govt Director Justine Albert.

Albert, in an earlier mail, had said that the ITF is glad with the present safety preparations in Islamabad. The AITA 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, have been performed away with.

AITA stated that the ITF must pay attention to the truth that Pakistan has downgraded diplomatic relations with India and requested the Indian Ambassador to depart.

“We don’t 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 speedy impact. There may be a whole lot of undercurrent of pressure in Pakistan,” the mail said.

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

Nonetheless, nothing appears to have minimize ice with the ITF. Chatterjee additionally 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 within the 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 within the USA that it’ll not be applicable to go forward with the tie,” he recalled.

“On this specific scenario of India vs Pakistan Davis Cup tie….the current 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 stated.


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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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