Australia boycotts India

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Tennis Australia (TA) is likely to face sanctions from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after confirming it will not send a team to India for a scheduled Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I third round tie.

TA, citing security concerns, failed in an appeal on Friday 24 April to shift the tie against India on 8–10 May 2009 out of Chennai. "We asked for the tie to be moved because we have major security concerns for the players, particularly during the election, " said TA president Geoff Pollard. "The ITF decision has left us with no other option. We cannot send the team. "Responding to TA's announcement, the ITF released a statement that hinted at sanctions imposed on the national association by the Davis Cup Committee "in due course". The statement added: "The ITF regrets and respectfully disagrees with the decision of Tennis Australia to default its upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group I third round tie against India. By virtue of its decision not to send a team to compete against India, Australia has forfeited the tie. . . The ITF, as it does for every Davis Cup and Fed Cup tie, asked the host nation to produce a comprehensive security plan for the tie. "The statement added: "TA received the completed security questionnaire from the All India Tennis Association (AITA); however, because of the specific concerns of TA, the ITF also asked its independent security consultants, the Olive Group, to make a site visit to Chennai to investigate both the situation on the ground and to assess the security arrangements put in place by AITA. Following the site visit, the Olive Group reported that it was satisfied that the tie could go ahead as planned. Tennis Australia received a copy of the Olive Group report. This, and other information related to the tie, was presented to the Davis Cup Committee, who voted that the tie should proceed in Chennai. Following an appeal by TA, the ITF Board of Directors voted to uphold the decision of the Davis Cup Committee, after having received complete documentation for review. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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