India denies visa to Pakistan sport teams

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Lahore: The matter of visa denial by India to Pakistani players for the South Asian games (SAG) will be raised in the upcoming Olympic meeting of Council of South Asia.

Secretary Pakistan Olympics Association (POA) Khalid Mahmood said we have already shown our concerns to the organizing committee of SAG and International Olympic Association (IOL) through a letter and now would take up the issue in the Asian Body. While speaking to the media he said we have not only informed the tournament organizing committee through a letter the difficulties being faced by Pakistani squad in the SAG but have emphasized that both athletes and officials work together for achieving top position as a prevalent competitive strategy.

He said that athletes who were not issued visas were in fact sure medal winners. In the letter written to SAG organizers it is also mentioned that refusing visa at the last stage when no alternate arrangement is possible is not understandable and contrary to the Olympic charter.

It may be noted that Pakistan’s various team officials and players have not been issued visas for the SAG and would therefore miss the tournament. At least one or two officials or coaches from Pakistan Hockey, Table tennis, Squash, Athletics, Wrestling, Kabaddi, cycling and Handball have missed going to India.

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