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IOA will talk to govt after May 23 to sort Pakistan visa issue: Mehta

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (IOA) will have discussions with the government after the to address the visa issues faced by athletes, said its here Thursday.

Mehta, who was here for the launch of India's first Kho Kho League, said few Pakistani players had shown their interest to participate in the tournament.

"We will talk to the government after May 23 regarding the visa issues faced by players. athletes have expressed their wish to participate in this league," said Mehta, who is also the of

"It is not about only Kho Kho, other sporting events which are part of (IOC) are also facing similar problems, which can be solved only after talks to the government," he told reporters.

The (IOC) had revoked the Olympic qualification status of a shooting event in after refused to grant visa to two Pakistani athletes and an in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack last February.

Saying that the action was against the Olympic Charter, the world body banned from hosting future events and urged international federations not to stage competitions in the country.

While India hosts a number of leagues across sports, none of them see participation of Pakistan players. The latest in the list is the 'Ultimate Kho Kho', a high-octane franchise-based league proposed to be held in November this year.

The league will see some interesting features like the introduction of 'wazir', who is free to run either left or right in the wing but cannot cross the centre line.

"We brought in the concept of wazir to make it more modern, more exciting and more youth friendly. we are confident that people will enjoy this new approach and style that this traditional sport will bring," said Sudhanshu Mittal,

The 28-minute match will see a round of seven minutes each, with four turns in two innings. Among other innovations, instant replacement of defenders has been introduced, besides two reviews per innings.

Amit Burman, vice chairman, Foods and promoter of the league, said: "Our vision is to spread the sport to every corner and we will do whatever is required to build a successful sport league.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 18:36 IST
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