Paes, Bhupathi reunite for Olympics

New Delhi, June 3: After years of bickering, India's feuding doubles pair Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi finally called a truce and have agreed to play together at the Beijing Olympics.

The duo resolved their differences in a late night meeting in Paris on the sidelines of the French Open yesterday.''We have resolved our differences and we will play together. We will play one tournament before Wimbledon and Indianapolis Hardcourt tournament before the Olympics,'' Bhupathi told CNN-IBN. ''We need to be in the best shape for Olympics and this is the right step,'' he added. All India Tennis Association (AITA) secretary Anil Khanna, who was also present at the meeting, persuaded them to come together again.

''Leander and Mahesh, being true patriots and professionals, have agreed to put in their best effort by pairing up for Beijing Olympics to win a medal for the country,'' Khanna said in a statement. The development comes within weeks of Bhupathi's complaint to AITA that Paes was not cooperating in the preparations for the Olympics. Bhupathi had also asked the AITA to allow him to team up with Rohan Bopanna for the Olympics.

The relations between the two turned bitter after the Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan earlier this year when Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna and Prakash Amritraj had called for Paes to be removed from the post of captain of the team.


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Story first published: Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 15:07 [IST]
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