One of the basic aspects of sportsmanship is an appreciation of the game. Winners and losers should shake hands amicably when the game is over. While the winner should not exult,the loser should accept his defeat without anger. But when persons who may not even know these basics become heads of sports bodies,sometimes by not so clean means,the Olympian spirit of sports is buried. I refer to the petty conduct of the All India Tennis Association (AITA),which publicly announced that it was having its revenge on the Mahesh Bhupathi-Rohan Bopanna duo by not including them in the Asia-Oceania Davis Cup relegation play-off,to be held at Chandigarh in September. AITA would rather field a team with players lower down in the rankings,since stars like Leander Paes are not available for selection. Meanwhile,the Bhupathi-Bopanna duo is in excellent form,even making it to the finals of the Cincinnati Masters in the US. Participation in the Davis Cup is a matter of the countrys honour. The Union minister for sports should be concerned about small-minded persons damaging Indias prestige. He should fight against the injustice done to sports and prevent any step that could lower its dignity. The Davis Cup is as important as the Olympics,perhaps even more so,since it is
held every year. I have never even met Bhupathi or Bopanna,but my sporting instincts makes me angry at this injustice.
Change the game
AMARINDER SINGHS Why Punjab isnt game anymore (IE,August 22) seems to be mostly idle speculation. However,he was right to point out that politicians with little prior experience or knowledge of sports should not fill up our sports federations and run them as personal fiefdoms.
Business as usual
APROPOS Terms of agreement(IE,August 23),it is fairly plain why our political parties agree on populist issues like reservation and promotions for SCs and the STs,even though they disagree on everything else. Votebank politics probably plays a large role in such a consensus.
THIS refers to Parl adjourned: Oppn corners UPA on CAG scam reports,demands PMs resignation (IE,August 21). Over the last few decades,Indian politics has weakened our trust in our politicians . Dereliction of duty,corrupt practices and apathy are some of the reasons why we dont trust those we have elected to represent us. Legal processes take years and justice is slow to be delivered. It is high time our politicians sorted out partisan problems and stood united. Of late,even the foreign media has been negative about Indian politicians.