India loses tennis events due to closure of Pakistan’s air space

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The closure of Pakistan’s air space in the aftermath of the Balakot air strikes has resulted India reportedly losing the hosting rights of the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup, a source in the national federation told PTI on Tuesday.

A total of 16 Under-16 Davis Cup teams, including Pakistan, were to travel to India for the annual competition.

The junior Davis Cup was to be held at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) Complex in New Delhi from April 8 to April 13 while the Fed cup matches were scheduled from April 15 to April 20, 2019.

Pakistan’s air space was locked down at that time and airports (in India) were also on high alert. No one knew for how long the uncertain situation will prevail. So, a consensus emerged that it s best to shift the venue and India could host tournaments in future, a highly-placed source told PTI.

Both the competitions will now be held in Bangkok, Thailand. The tensions between the two neighbours heightened after the Pulwama terror attack in which more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed .

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