Whether or not it is a right decision on the part of the All India Tennis Association (AITA) to impose a ban on Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, one thing is clear - the association wants to send a strong signal that it won't tolerate any kind of 'indiscipline'.
THOUGH AITA authorities maintain that they didn't ban the tennis duo but sidelining them till 2014 tantamount to a ban, as the players wouldn't be able to represent India in any event. Bharat Oza, AITA secretary general said: “I don't think it will affect (them) in any way because it is about representing India at the various events. Their career continues; they are not dependent anyways – financially or for getting some points by playing in these events”.
In its executive committee meet, the AITA decided the two players, who refused to play with Leander Paes at the London Olympics, will not be considered till June 2014. “AITA is not in a position to impose ban on any player. It’s a kind of disciplinary action to send across a message to players, who aspire to play for India that we will not tolerate this,” Oza told a press conference.
Maintaining that the decision was not unilateral, as all the concerned bodies have agreed to it. Oza, as quoted by nnis said: “What we have done is whatever we felt and what we had pronounced even at the time when we sent two teams for the (London) Olympics and we had said that we will take proper disciplinary action and everybody from IOA to ministry are in agreement over this.”