New Delhi: India's ace badminton player Jwala Gutta has backed tennis star Sania Mirza's claims that the manner in which the All India Tennis Association used her as bait to pacify an unhappy Leander Paes reeked of male chauvinism, and said it has been a long standing problem in Indian sports.
Speaking to NDTV, Gutta said: "AITA should have consulted Sania before taking the decision. It's shocking the way they dealt with the entire episode."
"AITA should have done this in a civil manner. No excuse for such behaviour towards women athletes. The association should have called the players and everybody's opinion would have mattered. It not only brings bad name for tennis, but bad name to the way the whole system works," she said.