It’s all in the family
There’s a new dawn for tennis’s first family. We are not talking about the Krishnans, but the Khannas. And we are not talking about players but so-called administrators, reports Deepika Sharma.sports Updated: Jan 05, 2009 23:43 IST
There’s a new dawn for tennis’s first family. We are not talking about the Krishnans, but the Khannas. And we are not talking about players but so-called administrators.
In its recent AGM, 26-year-old Aditya Khanna, son of All India Tennis Association’s (AITA) secretary Anil Khanna, was appointed the honorary joint secretary of the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA).
Confirming about Khanna’s induction, honorary secretary of DLTA, Viren Batra told HT that Aditya was best suited for the position. “We have embarked Aditya on a major coaching programme. We were looking for someone who could help us. We didn’t want a paid person. We wanted an expert in the job but not a professional,” said Batra. Aditya is only an ITF certified, Level I coach — a basic teaching course pursued by hundreds of coaches all over the country. Just how he is an expert defies logic.
Batra also said Aditya will not draw any remuneration for this job. “Since he is the honorary member he will not be drawing any remuneration from DLTA.” That’s also convenient. After all, honorary has forever translated into not accountable in our sports firmament.
The moot point is that if DLTA really needed a professional to oversee the coaching programme why not appoint one of the veteran coaches in the Capital.
Balram Singh, Aditya Sachdeva, Gajendra Singh, Nar Singh or Arun Kumar would have all been far better choices.
For the Khanna’s, however, it’s all in the family!