AITA today dismissed Mahesh Bhupathi’s allegation that the national federation is run by only one man and asserted that it was a “democratic” institution.

AITA’s executive committee had last week imposed two-year ban on Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna for not abiding by the selection committee’s decision ahead of the London Olympics.

But Bhupathi, in a scathing press conference yesterday in Mumbai, said that it was AITA president Anil Khanna, who takes all the decision and hides behind the committees.

AITA today issued a press release on behalf of its executive committee members, who say that they were not stooges to Khanna.

According to the release, the members felt that it is “an insult” to them who have been serving in the executive committee with commitment and “debate” each and every point on the agenda.

(This article was published on September 19, 2012)
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