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We have been denied Indian visa for World Junior Squash in Chennai, claims Pakistan

June 26, 2018 17:12 IST

'We have now asked the world body and other affiliated members to intervene and ensure we get the visas or else the World Championship should not be held in India.'

IMAGE: Pakistan Squash Federation secretary Tahir Sultan said that the Indian authorities are doing injustice with the Pakistani sportsperson. Photograph: Getty Images

The Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) sought world body's intervention after it failed to secure visas for its team which is set to take part in the World Junior Squash Championship to be held in India next month.

The PSF has asked the World Squash Federation to help it in procuring Indian visa or else cancel the event.

PSF secretary Tahir Sultan said that the Indian authorities are doing injustice with the Pakistani sportsperson.

 

"The World Junior Championship is an international event of the World Squash Federation and it has been given to India to host next month. Unfortunately, so far we have been denied visas by the Indian authorities to send our contingent," Sultan said.

"We are in the final stages of our preparations for the event having selected a team of six players and three officials. We have now asked the world body and other affiliated members to intervene and ensure we get the visas or else the World Championship should not be held in India," he said.

The PSF official said Pakistan is a pioneer in squash and has 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 said.

The World Junior event is scheduled to be held from July 18-23 in Chennai.

Pakistan is the defending champions, having won the title in 2016 in Poland.

"It is strange and deplorable that India has refused visas to our contingent and we have asked the world body and members to take notice of this," he said.

"We have requested the world body to ensure participation of our players in Chennai or cancel the event," Sultan added.

He noted that last year also the Indian authorities did not grant visas to the Pakistan senior team for the Asian Individual Championship.

Pakistan has been a major force in world squash over the years producing champions like Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan but in recent years there has been a decline in the performances of the players and standards of the sport in the country.

Sultan said the PSF has followed all the required procedures of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad while applying for visas.

"We had applied for visas in April. We also informed all the relevant squash bodies about this. On 20thJune, the Indian High Commission returned all our passports and refused the visas for the contingent," he said.

"We have always believed that sports can help in strengthening relations among nations."

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