Don’t let sport bodies become sinecures for ageing bureaucrats

Don’t let sport bodies become sinecures for ageing bureaucrats
This refers to the report I was offered as bait… (June 27). It is appalling that the All India Tennis Association (AITA) was not able to rein in tennis stalwarts Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. Instead the AITA chose to give a wild card entry to Sania Mirza to pacify doubles specialist Paes. A player of Mirza’s status would not have been treated in this manner had the AITA taken control of the situation much earlier and had not waited till the 11th hour to announce the teams. The fiasco brings to the fore the communication gap that exists between the selectors and players. It’s time the government ensures that sports agencies do their duties properly and not merely become sinecures for ageing bureaucrats.
Gautam Chandra, via email

Step up interaction with Riyadh
This refers to the editorial The noose is tightening (Our Take, June 27). The arrest of the Lashkar-e-Taiba operative best known as Abu Jundal with the help of the US and Saudi Arabia, Islamabad’s closest allies, is an indication that the international community is increasingly isolating Pakistan. However, it’s heartening to see the growing ties between India and Saudi Arabia. Given the fast-moving nature of the global terrorist threat, the two nations should engage in intelligence-sharing and work in tandem to stop all terror activities from taking place.
Bal Govind, Noida

Morsi has his work cut out

This refers to the editorial Big brother is being watched (Our Take, June 26). It’s time the newly-elected Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi proves that the Muslim Brotherhood, of which he was the hard-line enforcer, can be trusted. For an outfit that was banned in the country, this is an opportunity to come into the mainstream and show the world its moderate and secular face.
Ashok Goswami, via email


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