IOA will talk to Govt to sort Pakistan visa issue very soon

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The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Rajeev Mehta said on Thursday that we will have discussions with the government after the general elections to address the visa issues faced by Pakistan athletes.

Mehta, who was speaking at the launch of India’s first Kho Kho League, said few Pakistani players had shown interest in participating in the tournament.

“We will talk to the government after 23 May regarding the visa issues faced by Pakistan players. Pakistan athletes have expressed their wish to participate in this league,” said Mehta, who is also the chairman of Kho Kho Federation of India.

“It is not about only Kho Kho, other sporting events which are part of International Olympic committee (IOC) are also facing similar problems, which can be solved only after IOA talks to the government,” he told reporters.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had revoked the Olympic qualification status of a shooting event in New Delhi after India refused to grant visa to two Pakistani athletes and an official in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in February.

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