Chairman of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Ethics Committee Wei Jizhong has claimed that Indian athletes were not denied visas to enter China for the upcoming Asian Games. In fact, Chinese authorities have claimed that the athletes didn't accept the visas after they were issued the travel documents.
"These Indian athletes have already got the visa to enter China. China didn't refuse any visas. Unfortunately, these athletes didn't accept this visa. I don't think this is an OCA problem because China has an agreement to let all the athletes who have certified eligibility to come to compete in China. This is clear. The visa has already been granted," the Chairman of OCA claimed.
The claim comes hours after three India wushu players, Nyeman Wangsu, Onilu Tega, and Mepung Lamgu were denied entry to China. The rest of the Indian Wushu team, which included seven other players and staff, flew out to Hong Kong and from there boarded a flight to Hangzhou in China. The athletes were stranded in New Delhi after they were not allowed to board the plane due to no clearance.
The three Indian players are from Arunachal Pradesh. The Indian state has often been claimed by the Chinese authorities as its own despite the Government of India's long-standing and consistent position on the contention.
Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur cancelled his scheduled visit to China, in a mark of protest after three India wushu players who were denied entry to China, the Ministry of External Affairs said. The Government of India was quick to call out the discrimination and cemented that India rejected the decision of China denying accreditation to sportspersons from Arunachal Pradesh.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) took note of the development and put forth a firm stand against the apparent "differential treatment of Indian citizens on a domicile basis". "The Government of India reserves the right to take suitable measures to safeguard our interests," the MEA stated.
Further, the ministry said, "China's action violates the spirit of the Asian Games, rules governing their conduct."