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Bhupathi changes mind over Asian Games

The Indian ace will play in the Asian Games after reversing his decision to boycott the event following a snub over the mixed doubles pairing.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2006 16:38 IST

Indian doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi will play in the Asian Games after reversing his decision to boycott the event following a snub over the mixed doubles pairing.

The 32-year-old Bhupathi quit the squad last month after the national federation paired top woman player Sania Mirza with Leander Paes, his former doubles partner and Davis Cup captain.

"Yes, I have decided to play in the Asian Games," he told Reuters on Friday from the southern city of Bangalore.

Bhupathi said he was persuaded to play in the Games by top national sports officials.

The multiple winner of men's and mixed doubles grand slam titles has been paired with the second-ranked woman player Shikha Uberoi in the games to be staged next month in Doha, Qatar.

Paes and Bhupathi won three of their four grand slam men's doubles titles together, but split due to personal differences after a superb 1999, when they reached the finals of all four majors and won two.

He was also frustrated after Paes turned down his request to re-unite on the tour to prepare for a serious medal bid at the 2008 Olympics.