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Indian team likely to travel to Pakistan for Davis Cup

NEW DELHI: India’s Davis Cup group, which has been interested in play an away Asia-Oceania Zone Group 1 tie towards Pakistan in mid-September, will in all likelihood be allowed to shuttle to the neighbouring country by means of the Indian government, government assets knowledgeable NewsTread on Thursday.

The government has no aim of throwing a spanner in the All India Tennis Association’s (AITA) plans to make its Davis Cup group individuals shuttle to Pakistan in their bid to re-enter the World Group qualifiers. India slipped back to the Group 1 of the Asia-Oceania Zone following their disappointing loss to an impressive Italy in the World Group qualifiers ultimate weekend in Kolkata.

“It’s crucial tie for India since we're expected to comfortably beat the Pakistani aspect to qualify for the World Group. Otherwise, a no-show would imply the ITF imposing a heavy superb or sanctioning India from competing in a couple of ITF events. It would also imply India would have to fight it out in the lower group of the Asia-Oceania Zone,” a government supply mentioned.

Sources mentioned the government doesn’t see any problem in the Davis Cup group making a short travel to Pakistan (matches are actually played over two days as in keeping with the shortened Davis Cup layout) since a tennis fixture would possibly not attract the same political and public attention usually reserved for high-profile group sports activities like cricket and hockey.

Moreover, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has awarded the web hosting rights to Pakistan simplest after undertaking a radical security assessment of the imaginable venues in Pakistan. Also, since 2017, Pakistan has hosted Iran, Thailand, South Korea and Uzbekistan for Davis Cup ties beneath tight security duvet and the ITF sees no threat for the Indians.

“We are looking ahead to the AITA to submit an offer. Once that involves us, we will be able to read about it and ship it to the ministry of external affairs (MEA) for inspecting it. The MEA should take a look at it both from the political and security part. If they are OK with it, the sports activities ministry too will clear it. In case they have an objection, the ministry would provide an explanation for to them the repercussions of no longer sending the group to Pakistan because it’s the similar of a World Cup tie in tennis and no longer a bilateral engagement. Nonetheless, the final call shall be that of the sports activities ministry and, at this stage, we don’t see any problem. However, in case there’s a conflict or a terrorist assault in long term, then that’s a different factor,” the supply added.

No Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964. India had received that tie, held in Lahore, 4-Zero.

In 2017, Hong Kong had refused to shuttle to Pakistan mentioning security issues and the ITF had fined them $five,000 for the forfeiture. They also had to pay $10,971 one at a time to the Pakistan federation.

It’s the aggravating diplomatic relations between the two nations, which has resulted in the Indian government snapping all sporting ties with its neighbour, be it the cricket or hockey. But that has in large part restricted bilateral collection and no longer events held beneath global governing body’s umbrella.

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