Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Govt has no say in Indias Davis Cup participation in Pakistan: Rijiju

Govt has no say in Indias Davis Cup participation in Pakistan: Rijiju

The government will not stop the Indian tennis team from representing the country in the Davis Cup qualifying round against Pakistan at Islamabad, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has said. While speaking to ANI, Kiren Rijiju said, "Any bilateral match with Pak will have to get clearance from government but if it's a multilateral event organised by global bodies then we can't take our own isolated stand".

"We have asked ITF for a neutral venue because the situation is a bit unpredictable", All India Tennis Association (AITA) president Praveen Mahajan told AFP on Sunday. Pakistan on Wednesday chose to reduce diplomatic relations with India after Section 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was removed by the central government.

The India team are scheduled to tour Pakistan capital Islamabad for the Asia/Oceania Group 1 tie to be held on September 14 and 15. Hong Kong had refused to travel to Pakistan in April, 2017, instead conceding a walkover.

In 2015, Pakistan played both their home ties on neutral venues. "However, we continue to monitor the situation with our advisors", said Heather Bowler, ITF's Executive Director, Communications & Digital, in her e-mail response. "In current circumstances, it is not conducive to play there", he added. "But if it is a multilateral event organised by global bodies then we can't take our own isolated stand", Rijiju was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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The last time Pakistan played at a neutral venue was when it hosted China in Colombo in March 2016. Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saketh Myneni, Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan and Sasi Kumar Mukund were all named in the lineup.

"The team of six players, support staff and coach will be going to Pakistan".

"AITA is, therefore, waiting for your final certificate confirming the safety of all the stakeholders and the details of the security plan prepared from the arrival of the team to its departure so that we can start applying for visas for travelling to Pakistan", Chatterjee stated in the letter.

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