Sinha upset over politics in Indian tennis

President of All India Tennis Association Yashwant Sinha indicates that Paes will stay as India's Davis Cup captain.

updated: February 28, 2008 07:53 IST
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New Delhi:

President of All India Tennis Association Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday indicated that Leander Paes would stay as India's Davis Cup captain and expressed "disappointment" over politics being played by the revolting players.

"My first reaction to the this (controversy) was of surprise and disappointment. I am a politician and is AITA President for the last eight years and most people are not even aware of that.

"I did not want to introduce politics in the federation and that is why I was disappointed (that politics is being played)," he told PTI in an interview.

Sinha, provided hint that Paes, who has been supported by AITA General Secretary Anil Khanna in a cautious manner, would not be axed from his position.

"We do not want any player to face humiliation including Leander. We want to protect the dignity of all our players," he said.

AITA has convened an executive meeting here tomorrow to discuss the issue of revolting Davis Cup team members, who questioned the leadership skills of captain Leander Paes and refused to play under him.

Sinha said he was confident that they would be successful in finding an "unanimous" solution to the problem.

"I am very much confident that we will come out with a good decision. We will discuss the whole issue tomorrow", he said.

"I don't want to speculate on what AITA has in its mind. We have functioned in this body not only on the basis of consensus but also on unanimity," Sinha said.

The former Finance Minister, however, expressed concern that a few international standard player that India have, were not united.

"It is certainly a matter of concern that players are not united. If there are issues, those issues should be sorted out," Sinha, said.

Sinha in a stern warning said players, who dream of representing the country, must contribute for the game's cause.

"One thing is clear that individual players are not above the country. Everyone has to pitch in and make a contribution."

Asked if AITA was contemplating taking any disciplinary action against the revolting players, Sinha said, "I do not want to comment on what would transpire at tomorrow's meeting. We would hear all the viewpoints, discuss it and will talk to the players if found necessary."

Sinha also welcomed Karan Rastogi's decision to leave the rebel camp.

"I am happy that he has withdrawn his complaint. Even after doing it, he has any issues with Leander, he can sort those out," he said.