Tennis star Rohan Bopanna is furious at the way AITA tricked him into thinking that the doubles player still has a chance of making it to the Olympics. The doubles player had previously teamed up with Sania Mirza at the previous edition of the Games, narrowly missing a bronze medal.
Only three tennis players from India have made the cut to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, which includes the women’s doubles duo of Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina, and more recently Sumit Nagal, who made the cut in the men’s singles event. .
AITA removed Divij Sharan’s nomination and placed Rohan Bopanna alongside Sumit Nagal in the men’s doubles qualification for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. However, the ATP reportedly never accepted any entry requests for Rohan and Nagal, who could not directly qualify for the Games with a combined rank of 113.
“The ITF has never accepted an entry for Sumit Nagal and myself. The ITF made it clear that no changes were allowed after the nomination deadline (June 22) unless injury or illness occurred. AITA has misled the players, the government, the media and everyone else in stating I still have a chance, “said Rohan Bopanna.
Meanwhile, Sania Mirza, who qualified for the mega event, was enraged upon learning of the turn of events, as she also claimed that AITA has sacrificed a very good chance for the medal. He was hoping to partner Rohan Bopanna in the mixed doubles event for the second time in a row at the Olympics.
“What ??? If this is true, then it is absolutely ridiculous and embarrassing … with this also means that we have sacrificed a very good chance of a medal in mixed doubles if you and I had played as planned. . said you and Sumit’s names have been given (sic), “Sania Mirza tweeted.
On the other hand, AITA Secretary General Anil Dhupar responded to Rohan’s complaints, stating that he was unnecessarily blaming the governing body for missing a spot in the Olympics.
“All the formalities started on June 17 and we also wrote risking that if Sumit is a single player he also has the right to have a doubles partner. That is why we changed the nomination of Rohan-Divij to Rohan and Sumit for the Tokyo Olympics.” . Dhupar told ANI.
“I don’t understand … and where is the federation’s problem. AITA has done everything possible to ensure that Rohan and the doubles players go to the Olympics so that we too have the opportunity to play mixed doubles. Entrance to the Olympic Games is not in the hands of the federation. There are laws and provisions for that. “