AITA recognised the urgent need to tackle Age Fraud issue

Vastavam web: The AITA has recognised the urgent need to tackle the serious issue of age fraud during the National tennis championships but anticipating litigation, it has expressed helplessness to address the menace and is seeking guidelines from the government.The recent hard courts national championship at DLTA was rocked by allegations that several over-aged players were competing in various age groups, denying a level-playing field to genuine kids.”We don’t know what to do if we make someone (suspects) undergo the medical tests to establish the real age and it is challenged in the court and the court sets aside the findings.
What will we do then?,” said AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee said, explaining the predicament.The National Sports Code (2011) has made provisions to tackle the issue and approved the guidelines, circulated via a letter by the then joint secretary Injeti Srinivas on November 25, 2009.The guidelines stipulated that the Federation should resort to medical examination of an athlete whenever doubt arises with regard to the age of an athlete on account of his or her physical appearance, receipt of any complaint or any other valid ground, which should be duly communicated to the athlete.In the event of a conclusive proof that an athlete has committed an age fraud, he or she should be banned from participating in any sporting event for a period of two years on the first detection and for five years on any subsequent detection.