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Bhupathi lashes out at Paes, AITA after Olympics selection

Last updated on: June 15, 2012 20:51 IST

A furious Mahesh Bhupathi lashed out at the All India Tennis Association, calling his pairing with Leander Paes for the London Olympics the "worst possible in the interest of the country".

Bhupathi was also furious that the AITA chose not to send two teams for the mega event, saying the decision has something "more to it than meets the eye".

"The ship that I and Leander boarded has sailed long time ago. We have split four times, gone to the Olympics four times and returned empty-handed. For us going back to the Olympics (together) is worst possible in the interest of country," Bhupathi said.

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Daring the AITA to ban him, he did not stop short of calling Paes a "back-stabber", referring to latter's decision to split during the end of last season.

"He (Paes) publicly and privately stabbed me in the back in November, last year, and things can't be turned around. We don't speak and have no camaraderie," he told Times Now.

He took potshots at the AITA, saying that with Bopanna's emergence as a top doubles player, the federation had options this time around.

"Earlier, we had no options but now we had a top doubles player who is there in the mix. They could have sent two teams, but they decided against it. Certainly, there is something more to it than meets the eye. Sadly, they don't have a proper reason for this. But that's how it has been in Indian sports."

Bhupathi was also sarcastic about the pair's chances at the quadrennial extravaganza.

"If anyone can make a case that we (Leander and him) have done well in the last four Olympics, then I am happy to go in the fifth. But I am pretty sure that we would struggle. If AITA feels I should be banned, so be it. They are the be all and know all of Indian tennis," he concluded.

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