The lackadaisical attitude of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has left the 12-member squad for the World University Badminton Championship in the lurch.
The AIU failed to get the Ministry's clearance for the event in Chinese Taipei, which gets underway on Tuesday, and this means the team members will be paying from their pockets to compete.
The AIU sent the proposal to the Ministry a few days back, and according to Ministry guidelines, a federation has to send the team for clearance at least a month before the tournament.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) had sanctioned a two-week coaching camp at Gwalior from August 21 and the final selection was done on September 1. It was then that the AIU got into action and submitted the proposal.
"When we came to know about the delay from the AIU, the team members paid for the visas from their pockets and today we even purchased tickets," said a team member.
The team leaves for the Chinese Taipei on Monday night.
"We've practiced hard for the tournament and we don't want to the miss the opportunity," he added.
Not only this, the AIU has not deposited the entry fee of euro 300 and the players will have to pay up after reaching there.
When asked, AIU secretary general, Beena Shah, said, "We had limited time and within that we had to organise the camp. Only then, could we conduct the selection trials. We have sent the proposal to the Ministry and it has assured us that the players will be refunded as soon as they come back."
In 2009 too, the AIU had failed to send a team for the World University Games (WUG) in Belgrade, Serbia.
An AIU team is going for an international competition since 2007.
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