The US embassy in India has denied Visas to 21 out of 31 members of the archery team including the team coach, who have applied for Visas to participate in a Archery tournament. The Archery Association of India (IAA), has decided to pull out of the Archery Championships held at the US in protest of the incident.
Apart from the Archery team members, world well known South Korean coach, Chae Wom Lim was also denied the Visa by the embassy. The Archery Championships were held in the Yankton, South Dakota.
AAI president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said in a statement that the board has decided to pull out of the tournament as majority of its players were denied the visa. The Indian team of Archery was scheduled to fly US to participate in the marquee event from 6-8 of this Month.
The AAI treasurer said that the team members were denied a visa based on the grounds of dissatisfaction of the Visa officer on the interviews of the applicants. The treasurer said that most of the players were from rural areas of Assam, Uttar pradesh and other places who were not so fluent in English. He also added that rejecting their visas was unjustifiable.
The treasurer said ” We don’t know what problem the Visa officer had with the world famous coach Chae Wom Lim too. The embassy must answer”.
The American embassy said that the officer was not satisfied with the interviews of the individual players. The embassy said that the interviewer felt, the players would not return after the championship tournament, the NDTV reports.
The Central government tried to resolve the issue but was in vain.