Uncertainty over Pakistani wrestlers’ participation within the Asian Championships in New Delhi is lastly over after they had been granted visas by the federal government, however the Chinese grapplers’ destiny will likely be recognized on Monday, a nationwide federation official mentioned on Sunday. Wrestling Federation of India assistant secretary Vinod Tomar confirmed to PTI that after days of uncertainty, your complete Pakistani contingent have been granted visas.
“The entire Pakistan contingent were granted visas on Saturday. I met Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya on Friday and he instantly took up the matter with Home Secretary after which the visas were issued,” Tomar mentioned.
“Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra additionally performed a vital function in in your complete course of.”
Pakistan is sending a contingent of 4 freestyle wrestlers, one coach and one referee within the Championships to be held in New Delhi from February 18 to 23.
The Pakistani wrestling contingent will, thus, develop into the primary group from the neighbouring nation to journey to India for a sporting occasion after the Pulwama terror assault in February final 12 months.
The 4 Pakistan wrestlers who will likely be competing are Muhammad Bilal (57kg), Abdul Rehman (74kg), Tayab Raza (97kg) and Zaman Anwar (125kg).
The denial of visas to Pakistani wrestlers might have led to severe repercussions for India, together with a potential ban on the Wrestling Federation of India by the world physique (UWW), that too in an Olympic 12 months.
However, it was nonetheless not clear relating to the 40-strong Chinese wrestling contingent as their journey paperwork are but to be cleared due to the lethal coronavirus outbreak that has put a number of journey restrictions on individuals coming from that nation.
The Indian authorities has even cancelled all e-visas for Chinese nationals as a result of virus outbreak that has killed greater than 1500 individuals until date.
“The Chinese contingent is yet to get visas and a final decision on their participation will be known on Monday,” Tomar mentioned.
“The issues involving China is serious because the cornonavirus outbreak has become a global threat.”