A delayed tour clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs has prevented 17 Indian players from competing in the 10th World Wushu Championship starting October 24 in Toronto.
"The Indian contingent got the MEA clearance yesterday and the hard copy of it is expected to reach our office today," Wushu Association of India (WAI) Secretary Manish Kakkad told PTI from Lucknow.
"We sought the MEA clearance two months back. Moreover, we can't get visas and tickets in two days adding that at least 5-10 days are needed for this work," he said.
"It was not so easy to complete these formalities in a short period, especially when trips are taken to US and Canada. We have missed a very important event because of the delay in the MEA clearance," Kakkad added.
He said that 17 players, four coaches and two technical staff were scheduled to go to Canada.
The Indian Wushu contingent, including the silver medalist of the ninth World Wushu Championship, Gangapati Chanu of Manipur were camping at the Regional Centre of Sport Authority of India near in Bhopal since September 5 and were preparing for the event.