New Delhi: The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has backed Leander Paes and said it is meaningless to send the veteran player to the London Olympics with a junior player after both Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna refused to play with him.
The Sports Ministry has also made it clear that that it will leave team selection to Tennis Association. "The Sports Ministry does not wish to be part of selection process. We had raised certain issues because of requests from certain iconic players," Sports Minister Ajay Maken said in a statement. (Read: Maken refuses to intervene)
This comes a day after the ministry intervened to sort out the tennis crisis which could hurt India's medal hopes at the London Olympics. It had asked the AITA why only one team was being sent when India can send two teams for the London Games.