Sports are an integral part of everyone’s life. People are somehow connected to it in anyway. Some play it for fun, some for their fitness; some take this as a career as well. Once you take it as a career and start excelling in it, you start becoming master of it. This special talent which is achieved by hard-work gives a lot of things in life. It gives you a lot of money, fame, recognition and many more things.
But you can never be above your sports. It’s the same sport which can give you a special life and at the same point of time take away everything from your life.
Leander Paes is a known face in Indian Tennis. He is a 16 time Grand slam winner in doubles and mixed double category and one of the established players in Tennis fraternity. Leander Paes along with Mahesh Bhupati and Sania Mirza are known as the stalwarts of Tennis in India. But Leander paes is not only famous for his playing skills but also a lot of controversies.
Be it his issue with Mahesh Bhupati after 2006 Asian Games , with Sania Mirza before 2012 London Olympics or latest one by withdrawing from Asian Games 2018, he has been the most controversial boy of tennis in India. We have a Tennis governing body called All India Tennis Association (AITA) who looks into all issues and decisions that are taken for Tennis , but the way these star players like Leander Paes, Sania Mirza , Mahesh Bhupati treats this governing body , it’s so disappointing.
If we go back at the various issues in the past, AITA has compromised a lot of times for the sake of Tennis by allowing them to do things as per their will. But this has to change now. The latest snub by Leander Paes at the end moment by withdrawing from Asian Games is a wakeup call for AITA. India will have to play with a five member team only for their chances of winning any medal at the event.
Asian games are considered as the second largest sports event after Olympics in the world. And this withdrawal with also weak the confidence of the participating team which has reduced to five now.. Youngsters like Sumit Nagal, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Prajnesh Gunneswaran will have to step up now for winning medal at the games.
AITA should take some strict action against Leander Paes for this action. This action will only send message current players but also to the new breed who are dreaming to play for India.