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Steveg
Jul 5th, 2002, 06:29 PM
The Japan Tennis Association has advised the ITF that it is unable to send a team to the forthcoming Fed Cup Play Off Tie with Colombia scheduled for the weekend of 20-21 July 2002, citing concerns expressed by the Japanese government over security.

Over the last months, the ITF asked the Colombia Tennis Federation to put in place a comprehensive security plan for the tie with Japan. This is common practice for all ITF events and not exclusive to this Tie. The Colombian authorities have responded through the Colombia Tennis Federation and assured both the ITF and the Japan Tennis Association that all appropriate measures have been taken to ensure the safety of teams
and spectators at this Tie.

“The ITF was satisfied with the security plans signed off by the Colombian authorities,” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. “And it is our view that the tie in Bogota should go ahead as planned.” However the Japan Tennis Association, in its formal letter to the ITF withdrawing from the competition, reiterated its
concerns, saying: “In spite of having received written guarantees, the Japan Tennis Association remains unable to change its position due the fact that its team’s participation in the Fed Cup Tie would not be supported by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

The ITF Fed Cup Committee accepts with regret the decision of the Japan Tennis Association. The ITF Fed Cup Committee at its October meeting will decide on sanctions, if any, to be assessed against the Japan Tennis Association. Colombia is automatically promoted to the Fed Cup World Group in 2003.

The ITF Fed Cup Committee could, under the 2002 Fed Cup Regulations, withdraw Japan’s eligibility to play from the Competition for one year, as well as assess a fine of up to $5,000 and possible compensation for the Colombia Tennis Federation for costs incurred. In the case of appeal for any sanction imposed by the Fed Cup Committee, the ITF Board of Directors will be the final arbiter.

Source : ITF News - Special Edition 5th July 2002

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 6th, 2002, 11:56 AM
Colombia is bad but its not that bad
they would only be in danger if they led or won the tie from the spectators throwing cushions/chairs whatever at them

but i couldn't see Columbia losing anyway

aerolike
Jul 6th, 2002, 07:58 PM
Japan can not play next year and have to pay a fine.

bluepastures
Jul 8th, 2002, 10:48 PM
Didn't they hold a full WTA tour tournament in Colombia a few months ago? Was that the Copa Colsanitas?

selesfan1
Jul 9th, 2002, 12:52 AM
the only way they would be in danger in Bogota is if they go on an excursion to the forest.

LucasArg
Jul 9th, 2002, 01:18 AM
Colombia is not that bad , Anyway Japan doesn't have any opportunities on red clay.


What does Foreing affair ministry know about sports?:rolleyes:

ChrisGermany
Jul 9th, 2002, 12:09 PM
Now with Sugiyama Fujiwara great in doubles and some new names in singles coming up, it´s sad for Japan that they lost this and the next year playing in team tennis

Buitenzorg
Jul 11th, 2002, 08:05 AM
Well, ..... Unfortunately The INDONESIA FED Cup Team isn't play for World Group!

PHOENIX-2002
Jul 11th, 2002, 06:38 PM
IT IS A STUPID DECISION!!!!!!!!!

HOW MANY TIMES COPA COLSANITAS HAD BEEN PLAYED IN COLOMBIA?!!!!??

JAPAN REALIZES THAT THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING ON CLAY AND JUST GIVE UP!!!!


GO FABIOLA ZULUAGA AND CAT CASTANO!!!!!!

Rising Sun
Jul 12th, 2002, 03:32 PM
Phoenix, I don't think Japan would have wanted to risk missing on playing Fed Cup next year and pay a fine, if all they were afraid of was the 'clay'. :rolleyes:

Phoenix
Jul 15th, 2002, 01:46 PM
I don't think Japan would have wanted to risk missing on playing Fed Cup next year and pay a fine, if all they were afraid of was the 'clay'.

i think there must be some REASON
Japan has nothing to fear on clay anyway ;)

polishprodigy
Jul 16th, 2002, 02:07 PM
This is stupid, Alx is right, unless they play tennis in the jungle, they will not be in danger. Columbia has held the Copa Cosaliantas for how long, and I think Japan is exaggerating this situation. Plus, why would Columbian guerrilas care about Japanese players anyways? If it was American, French, Italian, Spanish etc, I would understand, but Japanese? What do Columbians have against Japanese? The only thing I can think of is that Columbia's neighbour Peru has an exiled Japanese-born former president, Alberto Fujimori. Anyone have an opinion about this?