NEW DELHI: Quite impressed by the commitment shown by Sania Mirza during the recent Fed Cup Asia-Oceania group ‘I’ competition held in Bangkok from January 30 to February 2, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has decided to bid for hosting the event in India in 2009.

In a release issued here on Monday, the AITA secretary-general Anil Khanna said that Sania’s commitment came in for praise at the executive meeting of the association held on February 28.

“Despite an injury she was present at the Fed Cup for a full week and agreed to play the crucial doubles tie against Hong Kong China to help India retain its position in Asia-Oceania group ‘I’. Because of her exemplary commitment to represent India and her popularity, AITA is hoping that the 2009 Fed Cup would be allocated by the ITF to India,” said Anil Khanna.

The executive committee also was clear that Sania would qualify for a singles entry in the Beijing Olympics.

“AITA proposes to make a request for a wild card for women’s doubles as well,” he said.

Nirupama Vaidyanathan and Manisha Malhotra had gained a wild card entry for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

The members also unanimously concluded that Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi would be the best option to represent the country and a definite hope to strike a medal in the Olympics.

“It was felt that Leander and Mahesh should play some Tour events together for best preparation,” the release said.

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