NEW DELHI – Arunachal Pradesh’s Bamang Tago, manager for the Indian badminton contingent, on Wednesday sought the intervention of Minister of State, Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju after he was denied visa to travel to Fuzhou for the ongoing China Super Series Premier badminton tournament.
Tago, who is also the Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Badminton Association, has been running from pillar to post after he was denied visa by the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi “on ground of Arunachal domiciles”, a day after applying for the travel document on November 10.
“I have been in Delhi since November 10 but I have not been granted the visa. I am the manager of the Indian team and they are already there playing in the first round today but I am stuck here,” said Tago.
“When I checked with the Chinese Embassy about the status of my visa application, was told by embassy officials that since belong to Arunachal Pradesh, an approval from Beijing is required,” he said.
Tago was to lead a 14-member Indian team on the invitation of Fuzhou Municipal Sports Bureau to participate in the Thaihot China Open in Fuzhou, which started yesterday and will conclude on November 20.
Badminton Association of India (BAI) had submitted all required documents of members of Indian contingent at Chinese Embassy, New Delhi several weeks back for obtaining the travel documents.
But while all other 13 members got their visa without any problem and left for Fuzhou on November 12, Tago have been left behind.
“My visa has been withheld on the ground of me being a domicile of Arunachal Pradesh which is totally a discrimination by China,” Tago said.
Source : Internet