Is player choice larger than the nation?

Is player choice larger than the nation?

By Hemanshu Chaturvedi | 11 June, 2016
Rohan Bopanna.

The last two-three days were very disturbing to me, not as a columnist but as a tennis player. Having played the Indian circuit for more than 10 years it was a cherished dream that I would get to represent my country at any level. I did achieve the target, but as the non-playing Captain of the Indian junior tennis team. I am quite aghast that when you’re on national duty to represent the nation in the Olympics, how one can even think of personal interest or choice being kept as priority. As a player, I respect and applaud every achievement of a player at any level. But it is painful when a player starts to play games outside the periphery of the game for reasons best known to them.

The unfortunate spat of the 2012 Olympics in London is still haunting Indian tennis where bloated egos and personal issues saw India fritting away a certain chance of winning medals. The lessons were not learnt nor were the damages repaired. The situation remained the same. In fact, the smell of stale relationship still prolonged. It seemed that the personal war and grudges were still deep rooted in their hearts. The achievement of a player should always be the achievement for a nation-- and it should never be used as a negotiating or pressure tool for personal gains. Every country has an organized association to manage the affairs of the game with experts doing their job, keeping national interest in mind.

The unfortunate spat of the 2012 Olympics in London is still haunting Indian tennis where bloated egos and personal issues saw India fritting away a certain chance of winning medals. The lessons were not learnt nor were the damages repaired.

The whole controversy of Rohan Bopanna getting to choose his partner who is 79 ranks below (Saketh-125,Leander-46) by writing an official letter to the All India Tennis Association just by virtue of being a high ranked player. Did Rohan realize that the letter he wrote was for choosing a partner for Olympics and not for a professional or a show-match. In the past, we have seen Leander raising the bar of the game in Davis Cup and beating much higher ranked players and proving himself time and again like a soldier on the nations duty.

The selection of AITA committee on records seems correct and Rohan had to ultimately bite the dust by accepting the judgement. Was all this necessary???

Each time a controversy of this level is highlighted, I lose half the hope of winning medals because there are two players playing as a team with different hearts and a different mission. Doubles is always a team game and we’ve seen that team work in ‘Lee-Hash’ chest thumping appreciation of each other with fire in their eyes and national duty at heart.I spoke to Anil Khanna, president of AITA, also treasurer of Indian Olympic Association who said ‘I am happy that we have a very good team representing India at the Olympics and we are very hopeful to win medals for the country.’ Thank you Mr. Khanna for these words of consolation, but my apprehension is if Bopanna also has the same feeling at least till Rio 2016.

I would personally love to see India winning medals in tennis and see the game growing as a port in our country, but without controversies, without want of personal gains, without inflated egos and without politics. We have the  Davis Cup around the corner before the Olympic Games, which will allow Rohan and Leander to pair up as a team and prove me wrong by playing as true ‘national heroes.’ Let the game of tennis perform the national duty and help India win a medal in tennis.’ All the best for Mission Medal to Indian Tennis team for Rio 2016.

Hemanshu Chaturvedi is a sports guru.


There are 2 Comments

Rohan B played his ass out for the past 2-3 years o qualify for the Olympics. Leander Paes had the same opportunity. If age is a factor in not letting him do that..he needs to retire. He can't keep popping up at show events (grand slams and the like) and suddenly claim heritage and ask to be nominated. Next he should be a Congress MP for Rajya Sabha. Rohan should have a say in who he partners with and wants to be on the court with. The AITA has the combined spine of a jellyfish. They cannot be expected to do the right thing and Rohan has every right to voice his opinion and expect that it be given a fair hearing.

HOW I GOT MY LOAN FROM THIS GREAT COMPANY Hello my dear people , I am Anita Frank, currently living in New jersey city, USA. I am a widow at the moment with three kids and i was stuck in a financial situation in April 2015 and i needed to refinance and pay my bills. I tried seeking loans from various loan firms both private and corporate but never with success, and most banks declined my credit ,do not full prey to those hoodlums at there that call them self money lender they are all scam , all they want is your money and you well not hear from them again they have done it to me twice before I met Mr. Wilson Edwards the most interesting part of it is that my loan was transfer to me within 74hours so I will advice you to contact Mr. Edwards if you are interested in getting loan and you are sure you can pay him back on time you can contact him via email……… ( No credit check, no co signer with just 2% interest rate and better repayment plans and schedule if you must contact any firm with reference to securing a loan without collateral then contact Mr. Wilson Edwards today for your loan They offer all kind of categories of loan they Short term loan (5_10years) Long term loan (20_40) Media term loan(10_20) They offer loan like Home loan............., Business loan........ Debt loan ....... Student loan..........,Business start up loan Business loan....... , Company loan.............. etc Email..........( ) When it comes to financial crisis and loan then Wilson Edwards loan financial is the place to go please just tell him I Mrs. Anita Frank direct you Good Luck.......................

Add new comment

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.