Game set match - decision smashes
By John Dinner
Moe Nemati knows all about tangled webs. The second-year student, in his rookie season on the university tennis circuit, ran into quite a mess two weekends ago as he was involved in an altercation during tournament action.
On Tuesday, Nemati was informed of the decisions handed down by Ontario University Athletics. As a result of his altercation with Kiran Keshav of Queen's, Nemati was suspended from a weekend of action which he has already served was placed on probation for the remainder of the season, has to write an apology to those concerned and in an unprecedented decision, will have to receive counselling for his actions.
"I'm just really happy that I'm back playing," Nemati said. "I'm able to play the rest of the season and concentrate on winning."
Despite the oddity in the decisions made, Nemati, as well as Mustang officials, support what was decided. "We're happy that he's back," said head coach Anthony Glavanic. "But we're also happy with the way the OUA treated this incident and treated Moe."
"They treated me with a lot of respect and let me tell my side of the story," Nemati said. "If they want me to spend an hour of my time talking to people about what happened and they think it's best, then I respect that decision."
Darwin Semotik, Western's chair of intercollegiate athletics, said he believes the proper decision was made despite the fact it was an isolated incident.
"UWO is fully supportive of this decision and the OUA position on sportsmanship and fair play," Semotik said.
As a possible solution for all athletes caught in the same situation, Semotik was not sure counselling would always be necessary.
"We will be reviewing this process with the Student Development Centre, who are experts in dealing with these situations," Semotiuk said. "Each circumstance is different and must be treated as such. In this case we thought counselling to be an appropriate course of action."
"I think they took this situation a little too seriously. While no one at Western condones that type of physical abuse, I do believe that they were trying to make an example of him," Glavanic said, believing the decision to be unorthodox. "You would have thought that he'd just shot President Clinton the way some people reacted.
"If this were a competition where an umpire was on hand, this would have never had happened. It would have been stopped with Keshav's verbal abuse."
Timing could not have been better for Nemati to put this behind him, especially with this weekend's tournament at Western. "It's my rookie season and my first tournament at home. It makes it all that much more important because it's homecoming weekend."