Two teams picked for Olympics, Leander Paes paired with Vishnu Vardhan

The embattled All India Tennis Association (AITA) today claimed to have worked out a compromise formula to resolve the selection crisis for the Olympics by deciding to send two men's doubles teams for the event, pairing Leander Paes with a lower-ranked Vishnu Vardhan.

updated: June 21, 2012 15:12 IST
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New Delhi: The All India Tennis Association has finally bit the bullet and announced two men's doubles teams for the London Olympics, pairing Leander Paes with a lower-ranked Vishnu Vardhan and Mahesh Bhupathi with Rohan Bopanna.

Giving the decision, which it itself termed "unfair" on world number 7 Paes, AITA has allowed Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna to team up for the London event after both of them adamantly refused to partner the 39-year-old veteran.

"In the given circumstances, the best option is of sending two teams. Undoubtedly the most patriotic one, who has the record of most David Cup appearances for India and has served the nation for over 20 years, had been driven to the wall and had to react sharply," AITA President Anil Khanna said referring to Paes' threat of a pullout in case of being paired with a junior partner.

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