New Delhi : Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the government will not say anything on whether India should participate in Davis Cup tie in Pakistan or not. Because the event is not a bilateral engagement, he says.
India's participation in the Asia-Oceania Zone Group 1 Davis Cup tie is uncertain.It is scheduled to be held on September 14 and 15 in Islamabad.The question of uncertainty arises owing to Kashmir issue.
Pakistan has severed diplomatic ties with India after provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir turned down.
"If it is a bilateral sporting event, then whether India will play with Pakistan becomes a political decision. But Davis Cup is not a bilateral and is organised by a world sporting body," he said.
"Since India is a signatory to the Olympic charter. Therefore, the government of India or the national federation do not have a say on whether India will participate or not," he added.
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) will be seeking a neutral venue for the tie but its Pakistani counterpart on Sunday made it clear that it would not agree to a change as preparations are already underway in Islamabad.
The AITA will cite the diplomatic tensions and security concerns while seeking a change of venue from the ITF.
No Indian Davis Cup team has travelled to Pakistan since 1964 and bilateral cricket ties between the two countries have been dormant since the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.