Bhupathi threatens legal action

A day after the All India Tennis Association handed Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna a two-year ban from national representation,the duo have decided to take legal action against the federation

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2012 3:27 am

A day after the All India Tennis Association handed Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna a two-year ban from national representation,the duo have decided to take legal action against the federation.

“I’m not accepting the ban. I don’t think it is legal to announce this ban from playing for the country in this manner. So we are doing our homework as to what legal action can we take,” Bhupathi told The Indian Express.

Bhupathi will also be announcing further details at a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday. “You would assume so many years of playing for the country would count for something so obviously it’s very rough on Rohan and me and we are going to take a go at AITA in whatever way we can,” he said,adding that the federation’s decision was a case of personal vendetta.

B for Vendetta

“It’s been going on with me and heads of the federation for years now. I am just upset and afraid that my friend and partner Rohan has got caught in the middle of this dirty game,” he said.

Bhupathi informed that Bangalore-based sports law specialist Nandan Kamath,who is also the founder of GoSports Foundation for which Bopanna is the brand ambassador,will be drafting the litigation for them. The 38-year-old has confirmed that he has already sent a letter to the federation about his possible course but the AITA denied receiving any communication or commenting on the matter.

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