AGENCIES, New Delhi: At the forthcoming Asian Championships that will be held in New Delhi, Chinese wrestlers will not be seen on the mat. Chinese grapplers have been denied visas for the championships that will begin from Tuesday due to fear of coronavirus.
Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) secretary Vinod Tomar confirmed said that the 40-strong Chinese contingent, that was supposed to travel to the national capital for the continental tournament, will not be able to make it as they have been denied visas.
“They have not got the visas and there are no chances of them being able to participate in the tournament now,” Tomar said.
Ever since the news of coronavirus broke from China, India stopped issuing visas to Chinese nationals from January 15 in the wake of the crisis in the country that has arisen from the deadly and highly contagious coronavirus.
On the other hand, fearing repercussions for denying visas to wrestlers from certain countries in an Olympic year from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or the wrestling world body United World Wrestling (UWW), the WFI had said on February 5 that it hopes Chinese and Pakistani wrestlers get visas for the Asian Championships.
While the six-member contingent from Pakistan have been issued visas, doubts over the participation of the Chinese contingent increased when UWW staffer Li Ling was denied an Indian visa for the championships.
“Health is the priority and this virus is very dangerous. It is something that poses a danger to a lot of people because of which it has gained such international prominence,” he said.
Till now, over 1,600 people have been killed by the deadly virus.