Anil Khanna backs out of Asian Tennis Federation elections

first_imgSeasoned tennis administrator Anil Khanna has decided not to contest for the president’s post in the forthcoming Asian Tennis Federation elections to be held in India next month.In a letter addressed to the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) board members, dated October 25, 2019, Khanna wrote: “Having served as president of the ATF board for 14 years, I feel satisfied that the importance of Asia has been recognised by the member nations of the ITF (International Tennis Federation). I feel the time is opportune for new leadership to emerge from Asian nations to lead the ATF as its president and to represent Asia in future in the board of directors of the ITF.Last month, Khanna had contested the ITF elections in Lisbon, where he lost the presidential election David Haggerty from the United States of America. However, Khanna did win the elections for being elected on the ITF board of directors.For someone who was vice president of the ITF till last month, why Khanna has decided to move away from the ATF is not clear. He has talked of a new leadership for leading Asia but what is surprising is why no other person from India has been groomed.It is well known, many national sports federations in India have seen the rise of officials who have gone on to achieve a bigger status in the international federations, like hockey, shooting, table tennis and even athletics.Khanna has also mentioned in his letter how three people from Asia are now in the ITF board. “Asia could achieve this milestone only because the nations collectively decided to support all the four candidates. Now the Asian region has a stronger presence, he said.advertisementOne has seen in cricket, how various people went on to occupy the highest chair in the International Cricket Council (ICC). From Jagmohan Dalmiya to N.Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar to Shashank Manohar, different leaders have become bosses in the ICC.Sadly, Asian tennis will have no representation at the top in the ATF for the next term (2019-21) from India. The last elections were held in Jakarta in November 2017 where Khanna was re-elected.last_img