Leander Paes in team for Rio 2016, selction panel overrules Bopanna’s choice
Indian tennis legend and doubles specialist Leander Paes’ dreams of playing in a record seventh straight Olympics came true after he was named with Rohan Bopanna as the Indian men’s doubles team in Rio Olympics. Bopanna and Sania Mirza were picked for the mixed doubles.
After the selection committee met here, All India Tennis Association President Anil Khanna said: “Men’s doubles more fortunate with Bopanna in top 10 and Paes at 46.”
Bopanna recently took everyone by surprise when he chose to partner young Saketh Myneni over Paes.
“Bopanna respects Paes, he has given us his reasons why he would prefer Myneni,” Khanna told the media.
Paes recently completed a career slam after winning the French Open mixed doubles along with Swiss great Martina Hingis at Roland Garros 2016.
The AITA had to do tough balancing act and ensured that the best team goes to Rio Olympics 2016. The fiasco at London 2012 is fresh in everyone’s mind . The nation paid the price for the spat , The AITA was keen to avoid the simillar drama.