New Delhi: Despite having courted controversy for their decision to name just one team for the men's double event at the London Olympics that led to both Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna refusing to partner Leander Paes at the event, the All India Tennis Association looks likely to stick to its stand when it announces its decision on Thursday.
AITA on Wednesday said the possibility of sending two teams is dim as the best interest of the nation is important and not the interests of players. They added that even though all three players are deserving it is difficult to imagine a team without Leander.
"It is difficult to imagine a doubles team now without Leander (after he threatened to pull out) because if we do decide to send a team of Rohan and Mahesh then obviously Leander will not be going so India is going to have only one team in the Olympics and it is only fair that the No. 1 player should get the chance to play with the No. 2 player or No. 3 player," said AITA president Anil Khanna.