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Leander should thank Bopanna for his 7th Olympic appearance

Participating in the Olympic games for seventh time is dream come true for Leander Paes for which he should be thankful to Rohan Bopanna who got India a direct entry for Rio Games due to his international ranking and then making no fuss and ado after AIITA asked him to partner the legendary Paes though he is not on good terms with him. Olympics is about national pride and both Leander and Bopanna should resolve their differences for the sake of their country and try a shot at an Olympic medal at Rio.

Leander has been winning Grand Slams at will of late and he along with Bopanna are India’s best bet for a medal in tennis at Rio. There is too much pressure playing for your country when expectations are high but Leander Paes is a seasoned campaigner. I am sure he would put his estranged partner at ease and may be they would become great friends after winning a medal at Rio. A Sushil Kumar like ugly incident in wrestling selection has been avoided and Rohan Bopanna needs to be complimented for accepting AIITA decision when he had every right to select his partner according to rules but sacrificing one’s interest over that of your country is what Olympics is all about!

Wishing Leander and Bopanna the very best for the Games and winning an Gold medal would be an icing on the cake and every Indian would be rooting for them to achieve that dream.

S.N. Kabra

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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