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UWW takes away junior Asian wrestling championship from India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The diplomatic tension with has cost its first sporting event as the world body has taken away the junior Asian Championship from the country, days after asking all its affiliated federations to stop dealing with the

had agreed to host the re-scheduled junior Championship in July after original hosts withdrew.

In the wake of Pulwama terror attack, had not issued visas to a three-member shooting contingent from for in Delhi, prompting the IOC to censure IOA.

It was followed by asking all its affiliated federations to suspend all communication with

The Federation of India (WFI) fears that it will not be able to host tournaments in future if the issue is not resolved.

"has told that it has shifted the junior Asian championship from India to We had not bid for this event and we chipped in just to oblige UWW-but we will certainly encounter problems when we would want to host major tournaments next year," told

"The government will have to do something about it (the visa issue related to athletes). But it's highly unlikely that something can be done before the general elections," Tomar added.

The WFI had made an effort to salvage the championship by seeking visa guarantees from the government but before the Ministry could send a reply, UWW decided to shifted the event.

WFI B B Sharan said the issue will be discussed now only after the

"Everybody is busy with election preparations," Singh, from Kaiserganj in Uttar Pradesh, said.

Defending the diktat issued to all affiliated federations, United World (UWW) had said there is a standard protocol with regards to all its events and demanding visa approvals from India for all nations was part of it.

Lalovic did not mention Pakistan in his statement but asserted that India will have to assure that all participating nations will be given entry if it has to host junior Asian championship in July.

The fate of tie between India and Pakistan is also unknown. The Indian team has been draw to play in Pakistan in September and it will depend on the new government if the players will be allowed to travel to Pakistan.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 18:30 IST