Durga Puja hurdle to Sunfeast fest

Kolkata, Feb 14 (UNI) Ace tennis star and Managing Director of Globosport Mahesh Bhupathi today said though sponsorship of Sunfeast Open was not a problem, the clashing of dates of the 175,000 dollar WTA tournament with Durga Puja had definitely thrown the organisers in a fix fearing lukewarm response to the marquee meet.

Talking to the media here today, Bhupathi said, '' We don't have any sponsorship problem for we still have a three years' contract left with ITC. The problem is the dates are clashing with the festival. People will be busy with the Durga Puja. And we have to keep this in mind. '' As per the WTA calendar, the fourth edition of Sunfeast Open is scheduled to commence on October six, which also happenes to be Mahasaptami, the first of the four-day festivity in Bengal.

''As of now, the WTA Open is on. But we will be discussing with the people concerned about the pros and cons of the date,'' Bhupathi, who was here to renew his contract with Peerless as their brand ambassador, said.

The ace doubles player is likely to hold meetings with West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Urban Development Minister Ashok Bhattacharya to discuss the issue.

However, he denied media reports that Globosport was reluctant to hold the tournament in the city and could even shift it as it had faced dearth of sponsors in the third editon.

''Such issues are not there. Sponsorship is not a problem. We are looking at the clashing with the Puja dates,'' he said.


Story first published: Thursday, February 14, 2008, 20:12 [IST]
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