Tennis has been in the news since the past month for all the wrong reasons. And just when you thought that everything was sorted, it was reported that Sania Mirza's mother was part of the tennis delegation travelling to the London Olympics.
Naseema Mirza has no expertise in tennis at all. She has been to lots of events in the past but it is unusual for the All India Tennis Association to ignore better suited candidates and send her as team 'manager'.
As veteran sports writer Ayaz Memon puts it, it is kind of "quirky."
"It amazes me that the AITA, which has been under so much fire for the way it bungled up the pairing of the players and delayed it till it almost became a crisis go ahead and do this."
Memon believes that even though she may have the merit to go, the aura around Indian tennis is such that it will all seem contrived: "It will seem as an appeasement after Sania had written an angry letter to the AITA. Perception has a lot of value in Indian sport and you have to create a good one, which the AITA has not been able to at all."
After seeing Roger Federer and Serena Williams, who are both thirty-plus and still won the Wimbledon, we also discussed how far sports medicine and training methods have come to elongate careers in sport.
Memon did admit, however, that in spite of being favourite, the Olympics will not be easy for Federer: "The Olympics is an event which makes people rise above themselves. You'll find that people have performed way beyond expectations. Leander Paes himself won a bronze in 1996 in singles. "
Check out the video to listen to the full conversation between Memon and Firstpost Sports Editor Ashish Magotra.
First Published On : Jul 10, 2012 17:32 IST