The Indian sports ministry however has made it clear that the government will in no way interfere with the AITA’s decision to send a team for the Asia/Oceania Group 1 tie scheduled to take place in Islamabad on September 14-15.
“The matter has become very sensitive... If there is no improvement and the situation is not conducive for us to travel, we will write to the ITF asking for the tie to be held at a neutral venue,” All India Tennis Association secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee said.
Of the 24 medals the 54-member Indian contingent won at Suhl, nine came in Olympic events. It just goes to show, for Shirur, that the conveyor belt of quality shooters has validated the country’s endeavours in the sport.