Arunachal Pradesh State Badminton Association secretary Bamang Tago, who was nominated manager of the Indian badminton team for the ongoing Thaihot China Open championship 2016 in Fuzhou, has been denied visa by China.
The Chinese embassy in Delhi informed Tago that he had not yet been given a visa because of his Arunachal domicile. Tago was to lead a team of 14, including players and officials, at the Thaihot China Open 2016 from November 15.
While the Indian shuttlers completed their first-round matches on Wednesday, Tago was running from pillar to post for a visa and met junior home minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday.
The Thaihot China Open is among the super series calendar events of the Badminton World Federation. The team was invited by the Fuzhou Municipal Sports Bureau.
"The Badminton Association of India (BAI) had submitted all relevant documents of the Indian contingent at the Chinese Embassy several weeks ago for visa. All the 13 members got their visas and left for Fuzhou on November 12 but for the manager," said Tago.
When BAI official Anand Kare inquired about the denial of visa on November 14, the embassy said "it needs approval from China".
Territorial dispute between India and China over Arunachal Pradesh has cast a shadow on the people of the state which the Chinese claim as their own.