STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

India grants visa to Pakistan squash contingent for World Championship

Initially, the Indian High Commission had returned the passports of the players and officials of Pakistan Squash Federation without granting them the visa.

Published: 06th July 2018 10:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2018 10:49 AM   |  A+A-

Image of squash game for representational purpose

By PTI

KARACHI: The Indian High Commission has finally issued visas to the Pakistan squash contingent, allowing the team to participate in World Junior Squash Championships to be held in Chennai from July 17 to 29.

Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) secretary, Tahir Sultan said the visa for the last player in the contingent had been issued yesterday.

“We have now visas for the entire contingent comprising six players and three officials who will take part in the team and individual championships,” he said.

Initially, the Indian High Commission had returned the passports of the players and officials of PSF without granting them visa.

Sultan claimed that it was after the PSF approached the World Squash Federation and Asian Squash Federation and asked them to cancel the event in India that the matter was resolved.

“We thank the World and Asian bodies for taking up our case and getting the Indian squash body to convince their government to issue us visas in a change of heart,” he said.

Sultan said that the World Junior Championship is an international event of the World Squash Federation and it has been given to India to host and there was no justification for keeping Pakistan team out of it.

“We had asked the concerned bodies and affiliated members to intervene and ensure we get the Indian visas or else the World Championship should not be held in India,” he said.

The PSF official said Pakistan was a pioneer in squash and had produced several world champions and top players.

“I would think that in India where the sport is becoming popular they would benefit from watching our team play there,” he had said.

PTI Cor ATK ATK 07061019 NNNN



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

edexworks
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp