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AITA panel meets, seeks help from government

sports Updated: Feb 23, 2013 00:48 IST

The AITA-appointed three-member committee to look into players' issues had its first meeting on Friday and observed that players-friendly conditions should prevail, and for that it would seek help of both the federation and the government.

The committee, chaired by retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Deepak Verma, had a look at the correspondence between the 11-member rebel group and the All India Tennis Association in the last few weeks.

The committee, also including former India tennis player Naresh Kumar and retired bureaucrat MC Gupta, will next meet on March 16 in New Delhi.

"A meeting may be scheduled in Bengaluru to facilitate interactions with the players who will be present for the Davis Cup tie," an AITA release said.

However, the players had refused to meet committee members saying it would be biased against them and suggested that the AITA officials remain in touch with them directly for discussions.

The committee has to submit its final report within four months. India will face Indonesia from April 5-7 in Bangalore and all top players have made themselves available for selection after AITA agreed to most of their demands in writing.

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