Tennis legend Bjorn Borg left the event in India when the minister was late

On September 23, 2021, in Boston, Massachusetts, during a press conference prior to the 2021 Laver Cup, Team Europ...

A prominent politician arrived nearly two hours late, forcing tennis legend Bjorn Borg to leave a ceremony in Bangalore (Bengaluru), India, in which he was being honored.

The chief minister of the state of Karnataka, whose capital is Bangalore, Basavaraj Bommai, was scheduled to honor Borg on Tuesday.

Mr. Bommai arrived at 11:15 a.m., even though the program was supposed to start at 9:30 a.m.

Borg had already left to watch his son Leo play tennis at that point.

The chief minister's delay was attributed to "some of his other commitments," according to an unnamed official from the organizing committee who spoke to the Deccan Herald newspaper.

Politicians and famous people frequently arrive at events in India several hours or more late.

Mr. Bommai arrived at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA) stadium and spent about 20 minutes watching Leo play Taiwanese tennis player Hsu Yu-hsiou before leaving. Later, the ceremony to honor Borg was canceled.

Along with Borg, Vijay Amritraj, a former tennis prodigy from India, was scheduled to receive recognition.

Amritraj believed it would be "inappropriate" for him to be honored alone, according to KSLTA joint secretary Sunil Yajaman, so they decided to cancel the program.

He told BBC Hindi that "tomorrow or the day after, both of them will be felicitated at the chief minister's office.".

At the KSLTA, Leo was competing in the Bengaluru Tennis Open. The young man, 19, was defeated 6-2, 6-3.

Borg subsequently signed his picture at the KSLTA Hall of Fame during a dinner Amritraj hosted in his honor.

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