Sports: Cycling: Late issuance of Indian visas disgust PCF officials

March 8, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Pakistan Cycling Federation PCF secretary Azhar Ali Shah Friday slammed the India High Commission for late issuance of visas to Pakistani cyclists for participation in the ongoing 33rd Asian Cycling Championship in New Delhi.

The junior events began from March 7 and the visas have now been issued on March 8.

“Our cyclists were preparing hard for the tournament but late issuance of visas has disappointed the young players as they would not be able to compete in all the events they have been preparing for,” Azhar said.

However, Pakistan’s senior cyclists would be able to compete in all the events as the senior event will begin from March 13 and the team would leave for India on March 9.

“In spite of PCF’s continuous followup with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and urgent reminders sent to Cycling Federation of India CFI, the visas were not issued by 6th March to enable the Pakistan contingent to leave on time,” he said.

“However after continuous follow-up and a call to President CFI, today Friday the Indian High Commission informed that visas have now been issued for the Pakistani cycling contingent,” he added.

Meanwhile, President PCF Munawar Baseer said that this non-issuance of visas in a timely manner has delayed Pakistan’s team participation in the event, which is a violation of the UCI and IOC Charter.

“No member can be excluded from, or denied participation in the IOC, UCI or ACC sponsored championship or meetings and election by the organizers,” he explained.