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Leander Paes threaten to pull out from Olympics 2012.

Leander PaesOn Wednesday, Tennis ace Leander Paes told All-India Tennis Association (AITA) that he would pull out of the London Olympics if he was asked to pair-up with a player ranked 207/306 in the world.

In a letter to AITA Secretary-General Bharat Oza, Paes restated that he was ready to pair with Mahesh Bhupathi or Rohan Bopanna.

Paes said that “If Mahesh or Rohan refuse to play with me for our country, then I am happy to play with the next best player that the AITA decides on. However, it would not be acceptable, if with my ranking as the best Indian tennis player, I give up the best option of partner for winning a medal for my country and am made to play the Olympics with a player ranked 207/306 in the world while the No.13 and No.15 ranked players form another team together based on their refusal to play with me.”

Last week, the AITA announced that Bhupathi would partner Paes at the London Games. But both Bhupathi and Bopanna, who qualify for the Olympics as a team, rejected to pair with Paes.

Paes also said that allowing Bhupathi and Bopanna to call the shots and resist the decision of the selection committee would set a bad example.


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