On Wednesday, Arunachal Pradesh’s Bamang Tago, the manager of Indian badminton contingent, sought the intervention of Minister of State Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju after he was denied visa to travel to Fuzhou for the ongoing China Super Series Premier badminton tournament.
Following the VISA denial by the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi “on ground of Arunachal domiciles, Tago, who is also the Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Badminton Association, has been running from pillar to post only a day after applying for the travel document on November 10.
“I have been in Delhi since November 10 but I have not been granted the visa. I am the manager of the Indian team and they are already there playing in the first round today but I am stuck here,” Tago told the media sources.
He further told,”When I checked with the Chinese Embassy about the status of my visa application, I was told by embassy officials that since I belong to Arunachal Pradesh, an approval from Beijing is required.”
Since he got n o response from Chinese Embassy, he met Mr. Kiren Rijiju and sought his intervention. There he was told that the matter will be taken into consideration and immediately be contacted. Tago is hoping an optimistic revert.
Tago has to lead an Indian team of 14-members on the invitation of Fuzhou Municipal Sports Bureau to participate in the Thaihot China Open in Fuzhou, which started yesterday and will conclude on November 20.
However, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) had submitted all required documents of members of Indian contingent at Chinese Embassy, New Delhi several weeks back for obtaining the travel documents. But while all other 13 members got their visas without any issues and left for Fuzhou conveniently on November 12, Tago have been left behind.
“My visa has been withheld on the ground of me being a domicile of Arunachal Pradesh which is a total discrimination on the part of China,” Tago said.”It has been 54 years since the Chinese aggression of 1962 and 70 years of India’s Independence. The issue of Arunachal Pradesh remains unsettled because of the territorial dispute between India and China which has put the future of the Indigenous people of Arunachal in uncertainty,” he added.
A similar discrimination was faced by India before in 2011, when a five-member karate team was on its way to Quanzhou to take part in the Asian Karate-do championship and was prevented by Indian immigration officials at IGI airport New Delhi for possessing stapled visa issued by the Chinese Embassy. In Jan 2012, a team of Arunachal weightlifters were prevented to board their flight for possessing stapled visas.
Further, in October 2013, two young archers from Arunachal Pradesh could not get a participation in the Youth World Archery Championship in Wuxi in China as Indian immigration officials disallowed them to board the flight for the same reason.
Since, China has become an important location for international sports events and will continue hosting in future as well. In that case, sportspersons from Arunachal Pradesh will be deprived of in days to come for no fault of, in days to come for no fault of theirs,” Tago told media.