Pakistani and Chinese wrestlers won’t be facing any problem in getting visas for the Asian Championships to be held in Delhi from February 18-23, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said on Wednesday.
The development comes at a time when India suspended e-visa facility for Chinese travellers in the wake of the deadly Coronavirus outbreak, that killed more than 490 people and infected more than 24,000. The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has not cleared the visa applications of the Pakistani contingent yet.
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The WFI chief claimed that a 40-member contingent from China had been quarantined by their national federation.
“All 40 Chinese wrestlers have been checked and none of them have tested positive for the virus. They have been quarantined,” Brij Bhushan said.
Brij Bhushan also said that he has apprised Foreign Minister S Jaishankar about visa issues of Pakistani grapplers and has also submitted the world body, UWW’s letter on the issue.
“The UWW had written to us that no problems in visa should be there for any country. Today, I met the Foreign Minister and briefed him on the issue. I have attached a copy of that letter also,” he said adding, “No problem should be there for both Pakistan and China in getting visas.”
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UWW has reportedly warned the WFI that if visas were not provided to all the participating for the Asian Championship in New Delhi, India may be barred from the Asian Olympic qualifier.
As per UWW bidding rules, it’s mandatory for hosts to ensure all participating nations get visas for a tournament.
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