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Postpone tie or shift venue suo moto: AITA

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Aug 14: India�s national tennis federation on Wednesday asked the world governing body ITF to either postpone the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan in Islamabad or take it to a neutral venue �suo moto� given the current diplomatic tension between the two countries.

The All India Tennis association (AITA), taking a more aggressive stance than earlier, said it would not request for a neutral venue for the Asia Oceania Zone 1 tie on September 14-15 as is being asked by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The AITA wants the ITF to take that call based on the current situation and expressed surprise that the governing body is asking India to make a request as �this responsibility rests with the ITF.�

�In the current situation, there are two options which the ITF Board of Directors may want to consider: (I) Postpone the specific Davis Cup Tie to November/December by which time hopefully the situation would have stabilised.

�(II) Since the current situation does not seem to be conducive, in our opinion subject to our reading the report of your security consultants, ITF Board of Directors suo moto by itself may decide to shift this particular Davis Cup tie to a neutral venue at ITF�s cost,� it said in a mail addressed to ITF Executive Director Justine Albert. � PTI

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Postpone tie or shift venue suo moto: AITA

NEW DELHI, Aug 14: India�s national tennis federation on Wednesday asked the world governing body ITF to either postpone the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan in Islamabad or take it to a neutral venue �suo moto� given the current diplomatic tension between the two countries.

The All India Tennis association (AITA), taking a more aggressive stance than earlier, said it would not request for a neutral venue for the Asia Oceania Zone 1 tie on September 14-15 as is being asked by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The AITA wants the ITF to take that call based on the current situation and expressed surprise that the governing body is asking India to make a request as �this responsibility rests with the ITF.�

�In the current situation, there are two options which the ITF Board of Directors may want to consider: (I) Postpone the specific Davis Cup Tie to November/December by which time hopefully the situation would have stabilised.

�(II) Since the current situation does not seem to be conducive, in our opinion subject to our reading the report of your security consultants, ITF Board of Directors suo moto by itself may decide to shift this particular Davis Cup tie to a neutral venue at ITF�s cost,� it said in a mail addressed to ITF Executive Director Justine Albert. � PTI