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Pakistan Confirms Participation, China Delays Confirmation

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Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Sunday confirmed the participation of Pakistan in the upcoming Asian Wrestling Championships which is slated to be held in New Delhi from February 18 to 23.

Visas were granted to the Pakistani wrestlers after a combined effort from the federation, the Indian Olympic Association and the Sports Ministry to inform the Ministry of Home Affairs of the repercussions India could otherwise suffer said WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar.

Tomar also said that in the case of the Chinese wrestlers, they will have to wait till Monday for a decision on whether visas will be granted keeping the outbreak of the coronavirus in mind.

“I had met the sports secretary Radheshyam Jhulaniya on Friday who took up the matter with the home secretary immediately. The process took time because of which it spilled over to Saturday when the embassy was directed to issue the visas for them,” Tomar told IANS.

Tomar also lauded IOA President Narinder Batra for pushing the case for Pakistan.

“IOA president Narinder Batra also put in a lot of efforts and all this led to the Pakistani contingent getting visas on a Saturday when government offices are normally shut.”

Six individuals will be travelling from accross the border and they are expected to reach New Delhi on February 18. The contingent includes a referee, a coach and four wrestlers — Muhammad Bilal (57kg), Abdul Rehman (74kg), Tayab Raza (97kg) and Zaman Anwar (125kg).

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