Issuing bans was collective decision: AITA

In an effort to disprove Mahesh Bhupathi’s allegation that the All-India Tennis Association (AITA) president Anil Khanna is all-powerful and has the final say in every matter

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 20, 2012 3:05 am

In an effort to disprove Mahesh Bhupathi’s allegation that the All-India Tennis Association (AITA) president Anil Khanna is all-powerful and has the final say in every matter,its executive directors presented a united front and stated that decisions were taken collectively by the executive committee.

On Tuesday,Bhupathi traced AITA’s decision of banning him and Rohan Bopanna for two years to a personal grudge that Khanna held against him.

However,the four executive directors – Ranbir Chauhan,Amarbir Singh,PF Montes and Nar Singh – said that Khanna was a ‘minority’ when it came to slapping the ban on Bhupathi and Bopanna for refusing to team up with Leander Paes for the London Olympics.

“The fact in this case is that unfortunately he (Khanna) was in minority in this decision and he had to go with the majority opinion and had to agree with it,” a statement issued by AITA secretary general Bharat N Oza said. “This is to clarify that the decision in respect of the two players was taken by the executive committee of AITA,which was attended by 12 representatives from different states on recommendation of the Ethics Committee of the AITA,” the statement added.

However,none of the executive directors present on Wednesday could recall when the ethics committee was established and who were the members.

Bhupathi had alleged that the Ethics Committee was a toothless body that followed what the executive committee ordered,which in turn meant that Khanna always had the final word.

The secretary general also said that the banned players have an opportunity to make an appeal. “The Ethics Committee and Executive Committee have also given an opportunity to the two players to make an appeal,” the statement said.

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