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Decision angers AITA

Australia's decision to boycott the Davis Cup tie against India has left the All India Tennis Association (AITA) angry and embittered. AITA secretary, Anil Khanna summoned a media briefing as soon as the news broke, reports Deepika Sharma.

sports Updated: Apr 25, 2009 23:16 IST
Deepika Sharma

Australia's decision to boycott the Davis Cup tie against India has left the All India Tennis Association (AITA) angry and embittered. AITA secretary, Anil Khanna summoned a media briefing as soon as the news broke. Khanna said Tennis Australia (TA) has acted "irresponsibly and have shown complete ignorance".

"AITA is extremely disappointed with TA. Their statement that 'it would be irresponsible of us to send our players into an area of such high risk' shows total ignorance from the Aussies," said Khanna. "India is holding the election of one billion people. Small incidents are bound to happen."

Khanna also accused TA of being arrogant. "The ITF team assessed the security situation with the help of Olive Group and gave an excellent report to TA. They have been highly irresponsible in their behaviour," added Khanna, who had earlier this year slammed the Australian Open for failing to understand the aspirations of the Asian nations. “Over 500 Indian students have been assaulted in Australia. Even we can be very critical of that.”

Australia form a major group in the Commonwealth Games and Khanna said there decision was very important for AITA. “Australia is a very important country. It was important for us to get their full support for the CWG.”

“It is a matter of concern for the Asian countries if Australia has so many reservations about travelling in this part of the world. A question should be raised on whether they even deserve to be in the Asia-Oceania Group,” said Khanna. He lambasted the Aussie players. “This decision has been influenced by the players and a lack of understanding between the two countries.”