Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna are all set to represent India in the men's doubles category of tennis at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the All India tennis Association (AITA) announced. Sania Mirza will partner Bopanna in the mixed doubles category and in the women's doubles, Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare will represent India.
AITA chief Anil Khanna said that, "The AITA Selection Committee has now made its decision after due consideration of my representation and has selected the team for the Olympics. I respect this decision and look forward to participating in Rio."
"Bopanna has given reasons to selection committee on why he feels Saketh could be a better doubles partner. But he has also made it clear that he wants to represent the nation. It was a well-meaning letter (which Bopanna wrote yesterday to AITA). Leander and Rohan have played four times in Davis Cup, they have a 2-2 record," Khanna said.
"Committee decided that the best bet for Indian tennis to win a medal at the Olympics would be Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna."
Khanna then named Bopanna and Sania as the best medal hopes in the mixed doubles category.
"The committee has decided to nominate Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles competition," he said.
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