Controversies galore; now, CWG on a ‘sticky turf’

In a conflict of interest, the synthetic tennis turfs laid for the Games was done by a company whose CEO is the son of a CWG OC member.

Last Updated: Aug 05, 2010, 09:46 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: More skeletons are tumbling out of the Commonwealth Games mess. In a clear case of conflict of interest, the synthetic tennis turfs being laid for the Commonwealth Games were done by a company whose CEO is Aditya Khanna, the son of the treasurer of the Games Organizing Committee, Anil Khanna.

Anil Khanna is one of the bigwigs of Indian tennis as he is also the All India Tennis Association executive secretary general. The company in question, Rebound Ace, is an Australian firm specialising in synthetic play courts. Aditya Khanna heads the Indian arm of Rebound.
But the Rebound rubberized surface has been in controversy from a long time due to players’ complaints of increased chances of injury on the turf. Tennis greats like Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt have openly criticized the Rebound turf and it was discontinued from Australian Open since 2007.

What’s even more worrisome are the doubts being raised about the rubberised surface’s suitability in hot & humid Indian playing conditions.
In his defence, Anil Khanna said, “All India Tennis Association (AITA) was never part of the contract process. OC had asked ITF for recommendations and they sent three names including Rebound Ace. After that, DDA floated the tender and picked Rebound Ace, whose quotation, I believe, was much less than the other two. The deal is with Rebound Ace, based in Australia. So my son`s company is not going to get a single rupee."