There is still uncertainty over Pakistan’s participation in the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships to be held in Cuttack.
Secretary General of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) MP Singh has informed that the participation of the Pakistani paddlers at the 21st Commonwealth Games, starting from July 17, was uncertain as the TTFI has no idea about the status of their visas.
“A six-member Pakistani contingent, including four players and two officials, was supposed to travel to Cuttack. They had sent in their entries well in advance, but we are yet to hear from them, if they have got the Indian visa or not,” news agency PTI quoted as saying.
Earlier, the Indian government had assured the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that all athletes will be permitted to take part in sporting events played in India. After this, the IOC had lifted a provisional ban on hosting international sporting events in India.
The IOC ban had come because Pakistani shooters were not allowed to play in the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi after the Pulwama terror attack. However, the Commonwealth Championships is not under the IOC’s rules and regulations.