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No question of moving tie: AITA

Even as the International Tennis Federation prepares to carry out its own security check in Chennai for India’s next Davis Cup tie...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2009 11:05:00 pm

Even as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) prepares to carry out its own security check in Chennai for India’s next Davis Cup tie,All India Tennis Association secretary general Anil Khanna said there was no question of hosting the tie at a neutral venue or away from India. “The tie will be in Chennai,and we will not agree to play it anywhere else. We have been working on the security aspects at the venue,” said Khanna at a press briefing on Friday.

The ITF board will meet in a few days in Amsterdam to take a decision,and should any nation have an objection to the decision,they can appeal against it. “There will probably be an appeal either way. I don’t think the ITF will decide to take the tie away from India,but if they do then we will appeal it. It won’t be an easy decision for Australia to decide against travelling here,as the alternative to that would probably be to forfeit the tie,” he said.

Khanna added that he felt the ITF will respect the home and away format of the Davis Cup. “I’m confident we won’t have to appeal. I feel the request to change the venue is unwarranted,and considering their reluctance to travel to Asia,I wonder if Australia should be part of the Asia/Oceania group of nations at all,” said Khanna.

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