As the controversy surrounding an aborted Tennis Jamaica (TJ) election, which took place in November 2015, rages on, presidential candidate John Azar is looking to clear the air, as he disputes the association’s position on the troubled election, among other things. Azar is contesting that he was legitimately elected at the abandoned meeting and is rejecting Tennis Jamaica’s report of what transpired at the election, and noted, contrary to previous communication, that it was his supporters who called for an immediate re-vote, while taking issue with several outlined resolutions ahead of a scheduled re-vote. Tennis Jamaica’s decision to declare last year’s election null and void is also a sticking point for Azar, who noted that this matter is currently before the courts. An election of officers, which took place during Tennis Jamaica’s annual general meeting at the Sports Development Foundation’s conference room on November 19, 2015, was adjourned over what the John Bailey-led TJ administration called an ‘administrative’ error, which saw more than the 77 legitimate voters casting ballots. At the end of the election, Bailey tallied 43 votes to Azar’s 40 – six more than the total number of persons eligible to vote. This led to Tennis Jamaica subsequently declaring the election null and void. Tennis Jamaica, which has rescheduled its election of officers to April 12, has itself bashed who it termed “unscrupulous persons”, and distanced itself from the issue. A lawsuit has since been filed against the organisation and three of its senior members by Joseph Dibbs, who is also a member of Tennis Jamaica. Dibbs is challenging the aborted status of the election and contests that Azar was duly elected President of the organisation at the ill-fated AGM. The suit also demands that the election of other officers be conducted with the same voters’ list. An injunction was also filed against an extraordinary general meeting scheduled for March 3, at the Jamaica Olympic Association, where several resolutions are expected to be deliberated. ‘DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO COMPROMISE’ In a press release issued yesterday afternoon, Azar described the over-voting at last year’s elections as a deliberate attempt by the administration to compromise the process. “At their press conference held on December 10, 2015, Tennis Jamaica referred to the over-voting at the November 19 AGM as being “nothing deliberate” and attributed it to “an administrative error”. My view of what transpired is totally different: Over-voting, or the stuffing of a ballot box can only be a very deliberate act clearly designed to hijack the democratic process,” wrote Azar. “For the record, Tennis Jamaica accepts that I received 40 votes on the night in question, while Bailey received 43 votes in the election for president. They also confirm that 77 voters were eligible on the night – either in person or via proxy. The fact is that all 40 votes cast for me have been confirmed and accounted for as sworn affidavits have been signed to that effect. Forty out of 77 is indeed a clear majority,” the release continued. Azar has also called for a list of potential voters and is arguing that resolutions set to be voted on by the membership at the March 3 meeting will change existing rules concerning the eligibility of voters prior to what is considered the continuation of an election.
Kedar Jadhav was surprised after he was not selected for the final three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against West Indies saying he was not communicated the same by the selectors. Now chief selector MSK Prasad has come out and said that Jadhav’s “history of fitness” is the reason he was not picked.Jadhav had his hamstring injury occur once more during the Asia Up in Dubai right after he made a comeback in the team followed the same injury during the Indian Premier League.Jadhav was called for the India A side midway into the Deodhar Trophy. However, his name was missing from the 15-man squad announced for the rest of the ODI series against the Windies even though he scored an unbeaten 41 off 25 in the Deodhar Trophy.According to the selectors, Kedar Jadhav’s fitness history became a roadblock for his comeback.”We did not pick Kedar because of his history of fitness. There have been occasions earlier when he has come back fit and then broke down, a case in point being the Asia Cup last month,” MSK Prasad told PTI.”Actually, we were thinking that if India A won today, then Kedar would have got another match, which would have given us a fair assessment of his match fitness. May be we could have added him as an additional player (in Indian team) before the fourth ODI as the Deodhar final is on Saturday. Players need to understand that there is a process that we follow while selecting the team,” Prasad added.advertisementMSK Prasad’s comments came after Jadhav said that he had not had any communication regarding his selection for the ODIs against the Windies.”I did not know this,” said Jadhav when asked if there was any communication over his selection for the remaining three games against the West Indies.”Let’s see. You are the first one to tell me this. I need to see why they have not picked me. I don’t know what the plan is now that I am not there in the team. Probably, I will be playing the Ranji Trophy,” Jadhav further said.READ – Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar back for last 3 ODIs vs West Indies, Shami left outThe selectors have recently faced a lot of criticism for the lack of communication before dropping players from the Indian team. The selection committee, that held pride in the communication process that they said was happening, came under fire after Karun Nair and Murali Vijay came forward and said they had not heard anything from the selectors before being dropped from the Test squad.MSK Prasad had even then come out and denied the claims made by Nair and Vijay.Jadhav, on the other hand, gave an insight into his state of mind after injuries and said that if you want to play, you cannot be harbouring doubts about your fitness.”You can’t be cautious when you play. Till the time you don’t meet all the fitness criteria, the NCA people will not clear you. As long as they clear you, you should not be having doubts on the field. That is what why I don’t hold myself back (even when it comes to diving on the field).”Also, it is very important to be honest with the physio. Then only they can give you the right feedback. You cannot hide things from physios and trainers, else you will only get exposed,” Jadhav said.(With PTI inputs)