AITA dragging feet on venue change

first_imgAITA dragging feet on venue changeLast week, AITA sources had told Mail Today they would wait for developments in Pakistan before deciding on the future course of action.advertisement Next S Kannan New DelhiAugust 13, 2019UPDATED: August 13, 2019 12:30 IST @Media_SAI TwitterThe All India Tennis Association is walking the tight rope with the International Tennis Federation on the Davis Cup issue, with travel to Islamabad next month looking bleak.On one hand, with the ministry for youth affairs and sports washing its hands off the matter, rather surprisingly, the AITA has been left to fend for itself.Email exchanges between AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee and Justine Albert in the ITF suggest it’s a question of who blinks first.Last week, AITA sources had told Mail Today they would wait for developments in Pakistan before deciding on the future course of action.The AITA has written to the ITF that it respects the Olympic Charter and players are eager to travel to Islamabad for the tie in mid-September.However, in the last one week, since the time the Indian government scrapped Article 370, there have been drastic developments. It would not be an exaggeration to state that relations between Indian and Pakistan have deteriorated. To envisage any Indian sports team travelling across the border at this point of time is bizarre.The tone and tenor of the letter written by the AITA suggests it wants the ITF to blink first. For its part, the ITF, with its headquarters based in London, has asked the Indian tennis association to keep them posted on visa application status and so on!When the ITF had visited Islamabad last month, it felt tennis facilities were fine and security was not at all issue. However, the AITA has been emphatic in its recent mail and said the onus is now on the world body (ITF) to again take a look at “conditions” in Islamabad and so on. One is not sure why such an important issue is being dealt with only via email exchanges.advertisementIdeally, Anil Khanna , vice president of the ITF, should have played a more proactive role and asked for a venue change. Now, it’s left to Hironmoy Chatterjee to deal with the vexing issue.As far as the Indian players are concerned, they are definitely worried about travelling across the border. Till date, the assurances given on security are not convincing.By now, the AITA should have sought a venue change so that the Asia-Oceania tie could have been played on a neutral venue.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Davis Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs Indialast_img read more

Grains mostly lower livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery declined 5 cents at $4.9660 a bushel; Mar. corn was off .80 cent at $3.7240 a bushel; Mar. oats fell 2.20 cents at $2.7420 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans was unchanged at 9.0260 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle was up 1.60 cents at $1.2798 a pound; Mar. feeder cattle rose .40 cent at $1.4328 a pound; Apr. lean hogs fell 2.50 cents at .5652 a pound.The Associated Press

Over one million people visited Dublin Zoo in 2013

first_imgOVER ONE MILLION people visited Dublin Zoo in 2013 for the third consecutive year with the zoo remaining Ireland’s most popular family attraction.The final footfall figure for last year was 1,026,611 and Dublin Zoo said it plans to continue to develop this year “further enhancing the visitor experience and ensuring visitors continue to receive the best value for money”.“We are extremely proud to be in a position to say that after a decade of continuous investment and development Dublin Zoo is amongst the best Zoos in the world,” commented Leo Oosterweghel, director of the zoo.A number of high profile additions have been introduced over the last twelve months including the arrival of okapi, an Amur tiger, two snow leopards and an Asian lion.(Image: Dublin Zoo)2013 also saw a number of new births which include a southern white rhinoceros calf, a white-faced saki, white crowned manabeys and a pair of red panda twins.The zoo also opened a new Play Forest with an all-weather playground for children.Oosterweghel said the zoo is now an integral part of more and more European breeding programmes for endangered species. “Irish people are proud of their zoo and families are looking for fun, educational activities to do together and we are delighted to be able to provide a world class experience for families to visit and explore,” he added.Read: Down? Dublin Zoo’s new arrival will keep the blues at manga-bey*>Read: Having a crappy day? Come here and look at these red pandas>last_img read more