According to acting OCA President Raja Randhir Singh on Sunday, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Asian Games organizers are looking into the case of three Indian athletes who were turned away from the games in China due to a visa issue.
According to Singh, OCA, the organizers, and the government are all looking into it, who stated this at a press conference in Hangzhou, the host city in eastern China. “Since it involves diplomacy, they are investigating. And let’s see if something positive comes of it, hopefully.
According to India’s foreign ministry, the three wushu warriors from Arunachal Pradesh received stapled visas rather than stamped ones. Stapled visas are not recognized as legitimate in India.
According to Wei Jizhong, the head of the OCA’s ethics commission, China did not deny the athlete’s admittance last week.
It has been assumed that China is challenging India’s control over Arunachal Pradesh, a territory close to the China-India border that Beijing claims is part of Tibet, by issuing visas on loose pieces of paper.
New Delhi vehemently refutes the assertion, which maintains that Arunachal Pradesh has always been a part of India.
Beijing and New Delhi have had tense relations since their 1962 conflict over the disputed Himalayan border. 2020 saw a deterioration in relations due to a border battle in which 20 Indian and 4 Chinese soldiers died.
Around 12,400 athletes from 45 nations are participating in the Asian Games, postponed by a year owing to COVID-19, for 481 gold medals in a massive lineup of 40 sports.