World Junior Squash Championship: Pakistan players denied Indian visa; seek world body's intervention for help

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

Press Trust of India June 26, 2018 19:03:43 IST
World Junior Squash Championship: Pakistan players denied Indian visa; seek world body's intervention for help

Karachi: The Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has 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.

World Junior Squash Championship Pakistan players denied Indian visa seek world bodys intervention for help

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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 were doing injustice with the Pakistani sports persons.

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 told PTI.

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 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 said.

The World Junior event is scheduled to be held from 18-23 July 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 remained 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 had 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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