US Embassy Denies Visa to Indian Archers
India’s participation in the World Youth Archery Championships is in jeopardy after 20 members were denied visa
India’s participation in the World Youth Archery Championships has been thrown into jeopardy after 20 members of a 31-strong team, including Korean coach Chae Wom Lim, were denied visa by the US embassy.
The Indian contingent, comprising Under-20 boys and girls, junior archers were scheduled to leave for the US on Saturday for the June 8-14 event in Yankton, South Dakota.
But the US embassy here granted visa to only seven archers, two coaches and a Sports Authority of India official while rejecting 20, thereby putting serious doubts over India’s participation in the event.
Archery Association of India treasurer Virender Sachdeva said that the denial was on the ground that the visa officer was not satisfied with the interview of the rejected individuals and doubted that they may not return after the completion of the event.
It is really a shocking incident. Most of the archers are from lower strata and hail from states like Assam, Jharkhand, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Most of them are not well versed in English and hence lack in communication. When the visa officer asked them what they do for living, they simply said we are archers and play archery. This might have raised doubts in the minds of the visa officer, resulting in refusal of visa.
– Archery Association of India treasurer Virender Sachdeva
He said the AAI has approached the Ministry of External Affairs and the Sports Ministry on this issue but to no avail.
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