Pakistan contingent has received clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs to compete at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championships in New Delhi.
The Asian Jr Wrestling Championship is slated to be held in New Delhi from Tuesday, July 17. However, there was an ambiguity over Pakistan players participation in the tournament as the MHA had not given a go ahead for their travel to India.
Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh had expressed a concern that India run the risk of losing the hosting rights if the Pak team were not cleared for the tournament.
However, Pakistan contingent has now received clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs to compete at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championships in New Delhi, national news agency PTI had confirmed.
Yesterday, WFI president had informed the media that they were yet to get clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs to conduct the event due to ambiguity over participation of Pakistani grapplers.
“We have not yet got clearance. I have asked for a meeting with the Home Minister this evening. If Pakistani contingent are now allowed to compete and denied visa, the UWW (world body) may ban us and take away the event from India. It’s Pakistan’s right to compete at the event ,” Singh had told reporters.
“It’s not a bilateral meet, it’s an Asian Championship. Pakistan can’t be denied the chance to compete. Pakistan is not at mercy of India to compete. Only after giving guarantee, which ensures participation of all countries, we are allotted tournaments,” he had said.