Bopanna slams AITA over Arjuna snub

Bopanna slams AITA over Arjuna snub
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Venting his anger at missing out on Arjuna Award yet again, Rohan Bopanna on Saturday lambasted All India Tennis Association (AITA) for not nominating him within the deadline but the Federation said there was no point sending his application since he did not meet the requisite criteria. 

New Delhi: Venting his anger at missing out on Arjuna Award yet again, Rohan Bopanna on Saturday lambasted All India Tennis Association (AITA) for not nominating him within the deadline but the Federation said there was no point sending his application since he did not meet the requisite criteria.

The deadline to send applications expired on April 28 but the AITA made up its mind to send his name only on June 14 after he won the French Open mixed doubles title with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowsk. AITA had chosen Visakhapatnam’s Saketh Myneni, winner of two medals at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, for nomination and the awards selection committee stuck to the deadline.

In the past, Bopanna has been nominated several times but his application has always been rejected. "We professional tennis players put in a lot to bring laurels to our country. And no one could question otherwise.

I am calling out to the lack of professionalism in AITA for not sending my nomination for the Arjuna Award before the deadline. I have witnessed many such excuses for the past decade (while I was eligible and my record didn't falter) and then too, have never stood for it," Bopanna said in a scathing statement. However, the AITA Secretary-General Hironmoy Chatterjee said "we did not send Bopanna's application for Arjuna Award this year since his application was gett

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