KARACHI: Seven members of the Pakistan cycling team will participate in the Asian Elite and Junior Bike Championships after getting their visas issued by the Indian Embassy in Islamabad.
“Our team, made up of five cyclists and two officials, left yesterday via the Wagah border for the championships,” said the secretary general of the Cycling in Pakistan The Moazzam Khan Khair Federation told PTI.
He said that only one PCF official who was to accompany the delegation had not obtained a visa.
“The good thing is that the rest of our requests have all been accepted and processed,” he said.
The championships kicked off in New Delhi on Saturday with five Pakistani cyclists taking part in the events from June 19.
The Asian meet, an Olympic qualifier, is the first major post-pandemic cycling event and plenty of ranking points will be up for grabs during the event.
Khair believes that there is a need for a mechanism to expedite the processing of visa applications for Pakistani athletes and officials invited to regional or international sporting events in India.
There have been instances in the past where Pakistani athletes have been denied visas for various reasons for international events in India due to the strained political and diplomatic relations between the two countries.
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