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India junior World Cup cycling squad denied Swiss visa

Swiss embassy has rejected India’s six-member cycling squad’s request for visa for Junior World Track Cycling Championships in Switzerland.

other sports Updated: Jul 23, 2018 20:22 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Junior World Track Cycling Championships,Cycling,UCI
Junior World Track Cycling Championships will be held in Switzerland from August 15 to 19.(CFI)

The Swiss embassy has rejected the visa application of India’s six-member cycling squad, including the chief coach, bound for the Junior World Track Cycling Championships in Switzerland. The global meet is being held at Aigle, where cycling’s world governing body UCI is headquartered, from August 15 to 19.

Informed of the visa refusal on Friday, the Cycling Federation of India (CFI) plans to take up the issue with the world body and also lodge an appeal and submit a fresh application soon. The applications rejected are those of Amar Singh (chief coach), Bilal Ahmad Dar, Gurpreet Singh, Manoj Sahu, Naman Kapil and Venkappa Shivappa (all competitors).

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Amar Singh said it came as a surprise because the host nation normally does not refuse visa to a participating nation, especially for an event held under the aegis of the world governing body. “Six of our team members are training in Germany for the world meet and have got Swiss visa, but the remaining six are stranded,” he said. “It’s strange that despite providing all relevant travel documents the visa application was refused.”

Notifying the refusal of visas, the embassy has said information submitted under justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable and purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided. “Your intention to leave the territory before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained,” it has added.

Amar Singh, who regularly travels with the team, said the Indian federation was keen that the cyclists did not miss out on the chance to compete in a global event. “There is procedure to appeal within 30 days. We will request UCI to send an e-mail to the embassy for reconsidering our application again,” he added.

First Published: Jul 23, 2018 20:22 IST