AITA insists its consent needed to hold ATP, WTA events

September 4th, 2008 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) The All India Tennis Association (AITA) asserted Thursday that without its approval no ATP or WTA event can be organised in India.After AITA barred private organisers from holding ATP and WTA events in the country, ATP was quoted as saying in some sections of media that it sanctions the right to own and operate events taking into account the organisers ability and it is not subject to any third party’s approval.

AITA though categorically said that no private organiser can claim rights to organise ATP events without its consent.

“ATP, WTA and the International Tennis Federation are the three governing bodies of world tennis. ATP and WTA enter into agreements with either national federation or even a private organization for conduct of events in different countries,” AITA said in a statement.

“Any ATP Tour and WTA Tour event being conducted in India requires the approval from the government of India and this approval from Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Sports is only given to the national federations as has been the norm for international events for all sports in India,” AITA said.

AITA said that it has been helping the ATP and WTA events in India and is also helping them in getting custom duty exemptions on tennis requisites that they require for these tournaments.

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