It is for the first time that a camp has been organised to prepare for an away tie. The team will assemble in New York on September 4 and will leave for Edmonton on September 10.
The AITA has approached the Sports Ministry to fund the weeklong training camp and it is being assessed. The ministry seems keen to provide the financial support.
“There should not be any problem with that (financial assistance) because we do fund training of athletes, including foreign training.
However, a decision will be taken after examination of the proposal,” a Sports Ministry official said.
Asked why the camp is being organized in New York instead of Edmonton, Bhupathi said,”Courts will not be ready till Sunday (September 10) before the tie.”
It will be fourth straight year that India will be in contention for a place in the elite 16-nation World Group. India lost to Spain (2016), Czech Republic (2015) and Serbia (2014) in their last three attempts at home.