Aisam leading PTF will create serious issues: Hameed

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Aisam leading PTF will create serious issues: Hameed

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Ex-Davis Cup captain, coach and former national champion Hameed Ul Haq has said that the nomination of Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi as President PTF will prove to be a case of conflict of interest.

“It seems nice that a tennis player could bring about a change in Pakistan’s tennis, but in Aisam’s case it may prove far from such an assumption,” said Hameed in a statement. Ex-Davis Cup captain, coach and former national champion Hameed Ul Haq has said that the nomination of Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi as President PTF will prove to be a case of conflict of interest.

“It seems nice that a tennis player could bring about a change in Pakistan’s tennis, but in Aisam’s case it may prove far from such an assumption,” said Hameed while talking to The News.Ex-Davis Cup captain, coach and former national champion Hameed Ul Haq.
He added that Aisam has ACE academy to look after. Therefore, fulfilling the duties of president of the tennis federation would be problematic.

“I am afraid that all the bugdet, resources and energy of PTF will possibly be diverted to his ACE academy,” said Hameed.

He said that Aisam always took an appearance fee of $3000 in each Davis Cup tie he participated along with business class tickets in case a tie was held abroad. Thus, he added, the PTF management had to spend almost half of its budget on Aisam every time.

“If under some circumstances he is elected the President, he will be presenting a budget to fill his own pockets in terms of appearance fee which will prove to be a big joke,” said Hameed.

He revealed that Aisam always forced PTF to nominate him as captain, coach and manager in Davis Cup ties in addition to selecting team members himself while also competing as a player.

For example, he added, in the Davis Cup tie against Lithuania, Aisam took a junior player with him on PTF expenses just because that junior player was getting trained in his ACE academy.

“Never in the world has a player been taken for a Davis Cup tie without trials but Aisam forced PTF management to ensure this non-merit selection in the official team.

“Similarly, he forced PTF to send his personal masseur to Austria for the Davis Cup tie on PTF expenses although an official ITF masseur was always present at the host venue,” said Hameed.

This arrangement, he added, cost PTF around Rs3 million and the result was ugly defeats against both Lithuania and Austria.

Moreover, he added, Aisam participated in the recent Asian Games but he did not play the singles and denied opportunity to current Pakistan No 1 Muhammad Shoaib.

Besides, he added, Aisam’s uncle being the SVP PTF requested PTF to support the ACE academy in the recent AGM meeting in spite of the fact that the actual agenda was NTC and creation of new talent by the PTF but the SVP had his nephew’s personal business on his agenda.

Hameed requested to all the affiliated units of PTF to keep in view all these facts before voting for any individual who would steer the future of Pakistan tennis as President PTF.

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