Denying Kosovo boxer solid doubts on India’s eligibility to host large occasions

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15 Nov 2018, 22:11 IST

By Philem Dipak Singh

New Delhi, Nov 15 (PTI) India might lose out on internet hosting marquee occasions just like the Olympics, Asian Video games sooner or later after Kosovo boxer Donjeta Sadiku was denied from collaborating within the ongoing AIBA Girls’s World Championship, Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), stated Thursday.

Sadiku was refused visa as India does not recognise Kosovo as a sovereign nation.

In a strongly worded letter written to Sports activities Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) President Narinder Batra, OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah made it clear that denying visa to Sadiku might have lengthy reaching ramifications.

“The incident has critically solid a doubt on the eligibility of India in internet hosting main worldwide sporting occasions and different main video games, just like the Olympics, Asian Video games et, in India,” OCA President wrote in his letter, which is in possession of PTI.

Al-Fahad Al-Sabah additionally cited how Spain regardless of not recognising Kosovo as a sovereign nation, allowed its athletes to take part in a sporting occasion held within the nation.

The OCA President additionally reminded Rathore and Batra concerning the guidelines of Olympic Constitution.

“As you’re conscious as per Olympic Constitution and OCA structure, it’s the responsibility of the organizing committee to supply entry to each eligible athlete collaborating in a serious championship with out discrimination,” the OCA President wrote

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