ITF's decision on Chennai as Ind-Aus Davis Cup venue next week

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The ITF will take a decision on staging of a Davis Cup tie between India and Australia in Chennai after receiving its security consultant's report.

Updated: April 09, 2009 09:13 IST
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The International Tennis Federation will take a final decision on staging of a Davis Cup tie between India and Australia in Chennai after receiving its security consultant's report next week.

The All India Tennis Association Secretary Anil Khanna on Wednesday held discussions with ITF authorised security consultant Steve Schad and the city police commissioner about the security situation in the wake of concerns raised by Australia about playing in the country.

Australia had proposed a change in the venue, citing safety concerns in India for their Asia/Oceania Group I second round tie, scheduled for May 8-10.

"ITF has already confirmed India as the venue but after a consideration of the consultant's report, ITF will confirm Chennai as the venue," Khanna told reporters here.

"As far as AITA is concerned it will be held in Chennai but an official confirmation is expected early next week from the ITF. I am confident that the tie will be held in Chennai and the TNTA has the capabilities to run the Davis Cup event on their own.

"I do not think that anyone would have any doubt about the ability of the TNTA and AITA to give Australian visitors a very secured stay and I am looking forward to the wonderful tie from May 8 to 10 in Chennai," he added.

Khanna said India was not the lone country, where security had become an issue.

"ITF has recognised and the world sport has recognised that no part of the world is free of security issues. There are problems in every quarter of the world because of terrorism or religious intolerance or racial attacks or organised crimes. Sporadic attacks are also taking place in every country," he said.

"Steve, who is here since yesterday, had meetings with various important officials of state government and other authorities. Our meeting with Commissioner of Police gone off exceedingly well."

Khanna, who is also on the ITF board of directors, declared India a safe place for all sports.

"India is definitely one of the most safest destinations in the world. And, Chennai amongst the cities is one of the safest to play tennis and other sporting events.

"Holding of a cricket Test match after 26/11 attack in Mumbai and successfully conducting the ATP Chennai Open in which over 70 international players figured prove Chennai as the most safe and no one can say that India is not a safe destination," he said.

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