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Asian Jr wrestling: MHA put Pakistan's participation on hold

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has given green light to the (WFI) for hosting the Asian Junior Championship but has put on hold participation of from Pakistan, and Iraq, according to officials.

assistant confirmed that the MHA has given a go ahead for the event but said Pakistan's participation was "subject to clearance from security agencies."

While Tomar informed only about Pakistan's participation, the PTI has learnt that clearance has been put on hold also for wrestlers from and

The MHA has communicated to the Federation that it will confirm the participation of the three countries in "due course".

The clearance for the tournament paves the way for the and the officials from Uzbekistan, and and to secure visas.

VN Prasood said the tournament will go ahead even if contingent does not get permission to compete but it will have its own consequences.

"The tournament is on. We have given visa requests for also but it all depends on ministry. If are not allowed, the world body UWW may not give tournaments to host in future," Prasood feared.

The while addressing media said that Pakistan should be given permission to compete.

"If Pakistani contingent are not allowed to compete and denied visa, the UWW (world body) may punish us. They may ban us and take away the event from It's Pakistan's right to compete at the event ," Singh said.

"It's not a bilateral meet, it's an Asian Championship. Pakistan can't be denied the chance to compete. Pakistan is not at the mercy of India to compete. Only after giving guarantee, which ensures participation of all countries, we are allotted tournaments," he said.

Singh said he will meet tomorrow to sort out the Pakistan issue.

More than 300 wrestlers, including 100 women, from 17 countries will compete in the Freestyle and Greeco Roman categories in the six-day championship starting July 17 at in

Recently squash players from Pakistan also struggled to secure visas for the Junior World Championship, starting July 17 in Chennai.

India and Pakistan have not played a full bilateral series since 2007 with the the not giving a go ahead to the BCCI in the backdrop of tense relations between the two countries.

The WFI expressed satisfaction that Indian girls finished second at the recently concluded World Cadet Championships and stressed that facilities have improved at training centres in India.

"Now the get two-month diet immediately after they join the national camp. It's helping them. And now we conduct five Nationals to provide platform to all age group wrestlers to showcase their skills," he said.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 19:55 IST
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