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Mouma loses luggage in transit, returns home frustrated

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

medallist paddler today returned home with frustration and after she lost her in transit.

Her luggage, which contains her full kit and mementos from Australia, is held up by the Customs officials in New airport domestic terminal.

She has made an appeal to the Ministry -- through -- to ensure that her reaches on time before her departure for World Team Championship next week.

Minister later asked Authority of officials to immediately look into the matter.

"At the moment my focus is on two things -- to get back my and then think of World Team Championships. I don't know, I can't even start training without my luggage. It has everything -- from my rubber, kits, shoes, all the equipment," a frustrated Mouma, a member of the historic gold medal winning women's team, told from her residence.

The 10-member Indian team was the toast of the nation after winning eight medals (three gold, two silver and three bronze) in the just-concluded CWG, their best ever show, to finish at the top of the rankings. Mouma had won a gold in the women's team event and a silver in women's doubles.

The team landed in New at 5.30 am today and following a felicitation, Mouma took a 10.30 am Jet Airlines flight to Kolkata as her luggage was held back in the transit.

According to Mouma, the Customs Officers claimed that a was found in her luggage so it was held back.

"I never used a power bank, I don't know whether they actually checked my luggage or someone else's. If there was any objectionable article in my luggage then how did it come from " Mouma asked.

The senior paddler also took to to vent her on and pleaded Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, for "help".

"They said I have to go to Airport to collect my luggage. Most irresponsible job by @jetairways... Please confirm the time," she said in a tweet.

"As @jetairways my luggage under customs need your help @SushmaSwaraj ji @Ra_THORe ji Respected @PMOIndia," said another tweet.

To this, Rathore replied on his handle: "Officers at @Media_SAI, please liaise with @FinMinIndia and extend help immediately."

Mouma is expecting the issue to be resolved so that she can focus on the World Team Championship that can earn a quota place for the Tokyo

"The federation will go for visa tomorrow as we are expected to leave early. I don't know whether I will be around during the 2020 Olympics, but it will be a matter of immense satisfaction if I could earn the berth for the country," the 34-year-old said.

"However retirement has not crossed my mind yet. My body is coping well and as long as I do that I will keep playing."

Mouma and her doubles partner lost to Tianwei Feng and Mengyu Yu of 3-0 to settle for a silver.

Asked about it, Mouma said: "We don't get much opportunity in doubles. Our aim will be to improve our rankings in doubles so that we play events.

"They (Singaporeans) had done their homework well. We later realised from the vidoes that they planned for every point in that match," she rued.

After the World Team Championships, the Indias have lined up in August and Mouma said it would be a tough contest in

"With Chinese, Koreans and Japanese, the contest would be tough there but we have not yet thought about now. We are looking to do well in and who knows we can create history in Indonesia," she concluded.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 20:25 IST