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Bhupathi traces AITA's ban decision to president's 'personal grudge'
Claiming that AITA president had a personal grudge against him, Mahesh Bhupathi has alleged that Anil Khanna was responsible for banning him. But AITA has, in a quick reply, rubbished the allegations, calling it a majority decision.

MAHESH BHUPATHI was a disappointed person after the AITA imposed two-year ban on him and Rohan Bopanna for disagreeing to partner Leander Paes in the London Olympics. Bhupathi reacted very strongly to this ban and criticised the AITA for its dictatorial stance. He also felt that it was Anil Khanna, AITA's president, who is responsible for imposing this ban. But, the AITA was quick to reject any such claims.

In an AITA press release, it stated that Anil Khanna stood in minority when the decision of banning these players shaped up. But it was the decision of the executive committee, which stood in majority to ban these players for their act.

This seems to be a defensive stance that has been taken by the AITA, as they have been coming out with many explanations. But, it is clearly understood that Bhupathi has been badly hurt with AITA's action. Even if the AITA withdraws the ban, which has a minimal chance, the relationship between the AITA and Bhupathi is not going to improve at all.

Colonel Ranbir Chauhan, Executive Director of AITA said in this nnis video, “We respect Mahesh, Leander, Rohan and Sania. They are legends of the game. They have been great players. They have brought laurels to the nation over the years.” Many people across the nation feel that the decision seems to be too harsh for players of such stature and especially Bhupathi, who is at the fag end of his career. He deserves a good farewell. With such episodes taking centerstage in recent memory, Bhupathi may not be even interested in a formal farewell, even if AITA requests him to accept it.

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