New Delhi. Rohan Bopanna 's case for declassifying conversations with All India Tennis Association (AITA) general secretary Anil Dhupar will be referred to AITA's Ethics and Managing Committee. AITA gave this information on Tuesday. AITA also released its full communication with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) regarding the qualification of the Indian men's doubles team for the Tokyo Olympics. Bopanna and Sania MirzaTrying to clarify the negative perception created by the comments of the AITA, how they raised the issue of Bopanna and Divij Sharan regarding their entry into the Games between June 28 and July 16. The email revealed that on July 2, AITA sought an explanation from the ITF as to how the global body allowed the United States (combined ranking 118), Spain (combined ranking 170) and Portugal (combined ranking 204) to be in men's doubles despite their combined rankings. Bopanna and Divij's combined ranking of 113 was lower.
In another email, AITA urged the ITF to look into Bopanna and Divij's 2018 Asian Games achievement for entry into the Tokyo Games. However, in 2018 itself, the ITF had announced that only single winners of the Asian Games would get the continental quota. AITA has made these emails public after Bopanna's tweet in which he posted the video call recording. In the video recording, Dhupar was heard saying that the ITF has accepted the entry of Bopanna and Sumit Nagal in men's doubles. Dhupar was heard saying that 'maybe we will get good news (of qualification) tomorrow'. When Bopanna categorically asked whether his and Nagal's entry had been accepted, Dhupar replied in the affirmative.
Bopanna says why AITA gave him false hopes of qualification. Dhupar said, “The move to record and make public phone calls will not be accepted. AITA's Managing Committee and Ethics Committee will look into it." "These two committees will decide whether disciplinary action is required against Bopanna or not," he said. We talk to the players only through email so that everything is completely clear. They cannot record phone calls and make public.
"I wouldn't be surprised if other sports federations take note of what Bopanna has done and change the way he communicates with his players. When asked whether Bopanna's name would be considered for selection in India's Davis Cup squad, Dhupar declined to comment. After asking the players about the availability, usually 15 players are named to the selection committee, out of which a five-member team is selected. India is to take on Finland on its soil in September in the Davis Cup match. The controversy started after it emerged that AITA has said that it has withdrawn Divij's name and paired Bopanna with Nagal so that India would have a better chance of qualifying in the men's doubles. The ITF, citing the rules, said that the change would not be possible and if India pair Nagal with Bopanna, the new pair would not qualify.