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Re: Indian Origin Players Thread

Post by jayakris » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:53 pm

VReddy wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:13 pm
On a different off-topic note, you all should see this: http://sporting-derendingen.ch/wp/wp-co ... mm2017.pdf [Page 33; year 1993, 1994]. This event is not really nationals but pretty close it and so as you can see, similar to India, outside of the top-3 players, everybody else plays it. Came across it as I was planning to go Srinivasan & his wife's academy this weekend if i could find a playing partner to play there and hopefully bump into him [which is the motive! :) ]. Academy: http://www.tennisclub-zofingen.ch/heidi-und-vasu-
I didn't know that he was actively coaching in Switzerland, and only vaguely knew that he was somewhere abroad. Yes, S.Vasudevan was a pretty good player. In fact, the other day, when I said it must have been some 30 years since two top-150 Indians faced each other, like Yuki and RamK, I was indeed wondering if Zeeshan Ali and S. Vasudevan could have played each other, or against Ramesh Krishnan somewhere in the 86-88 period, as I thought S. Vasudevan was in the top-200. As it turns out, he was there only briefly, though he got up to #166 in 1988. Zeeshan was in the top-150 though, again rather briefly for a year, getting up to #126 once.

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Re: Indian Origin Players Thread

Post by Prashant » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:47 pm

jayakris wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:53 pm
And I can't say that at no point will I ever be rooting for USA against India in a Davis Cup or in a football match. It can happen, and I once thought it would happen by now too. But after 32 of my 54 years of life in the U.S., it has still not happened.
I am exactly 10 years behind you on both counts (22 of my 44 years here). I too retain my Indian passport. But my emotions have been different - for the longest time I thought my sports allegiances would never change. In the last 3-4 years, I think they slowly & subtly have. Since we rarely compete directly with the US, I haven't put it to the test, but I can say that I feel for the US soccer team (no World Cup jokes please) as strongly as I feel about Indian teams in team sports. One big factor is having a kid who is as much of a sports fan as I am, except of course his allegiances are 100% US. I am seriously considering a citizenship change now.

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Re: Indian Origin Players Thread

Post by arjun2761 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:58 am

I don't see anything wrong is allowing those who qualify to play for India to play if it increases the standard of our performance. If the international rules don't require passports but just eligibility to receive one, then so be it. I think the US and most developed countries follow this model.

That said, we should only do so if it helps the Indian teams. Therefore, have a higher standard for overseas Indians or only select those who can truly make a difference. For example, if we have some soccer players elsewhere who are really good, then having them play for India could increase the quality of our performance and that in turn could help the game develop. Likewise, in olympic sports, only consider those who are medal prospects etc. Otherwise, if we sending people to make up numbers, then give preference to India developed talent and that is the more assured way of raising our standards in the longer term.

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