It is less than two weeks left for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games multisport event that will take place from April 4 to 15 in Australia.
What’s surprising to know is that the Indian Olympics Association (IOC) has not yet got the visas sorted out for athletes. A total of 109 visa application from Indian contingent is not yet approved.
It includes names of top athletes like Olympic medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar, women wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Babita Kumari and Pooja Dhanda, badminton singles specialist Ruthika Shivani Gadde, shot-putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor, men’s hockey player Lalit Upadhyay and women’s hockey team player Savita, among others.
In the shooting contingent, almost everyone is waiting for their visa. Some of the names include Manu Bhakera, Shreyasi Singh, Mehuli Ghosh, Seema Tomar, Heena Sidhu, Tejaswini Sawant, Anjum Moudgil in women’s category and Mohd Ashab, Neeraj Kumar, Anish Bhanwala, Deepak Kumar, Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput, Jitu Rai, Chain Singh in men’s event.
In fact coaching staff, boxing men’s foreign coach Santiago Daniel Nieva and women’s coach Raffaele Bergamasco, hockey team’s analytical coach Christopher Nicholas, women’s coach David Ian John, basketball team’s head coach Zoran Visic and women’s team coach Rajinder Singh are also awaiting their visas. The list also includes five shooting foreign coaches. The overall contingent is 328 including 222 athletes and 106 officials.
The contingent is still to be finalized by the sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore who was in Bengaluru on Wednesday.