HK want Davis Cup tie in Iran moved elsewhere

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 March, 2007, 12:00am

Hong Kong have requested that their Davis Cup tie against Iran be moved from Tehran to a neutral country because of concerns about political unrest.

But officials say they are still prepared to travel if, as expected, the request is not met. The SAR team face a do-or-die relegation battle against the Iranians in Tehran in April after losing to Indonesia in the first round at the Asia/Oceania Zone group two tie last month.

'We all know the political situation of the region because of the recent nuclear power issue and there is a potential danger for us sending our team there, especially as we may pick some expatriate players for the match,' said Bianca Luk, Corporate Affairs and Administration Manager of the HKTA.

Hong Kong are due to take on the Iranians in the play-offs at Tehran's Enghelab Sports Complex on April 6-8.

The losers of the tie will be relegated to group three next year.