India’s isolation continues. UWW (The United World Wrestling) has directed all the countries to end relationships with India after their denial of visa to Pakistani shooters. The national shooters were expected to participate in the Delhi World Cup last month.
According to the letter forwarded to all member countries, including Pakistan, the World Wrestling Federation has ”dissuaded members from engaging in any kind of dialogue with India”.
“UWW recommends to all the affiliated and associated national wrestling federations to suspended their discussions or relations with the Indian wrestling federation” – the global body wrote in the letter.
The general secretary of the world wrestling federation said all contact with the WFI (Wrestling Federation of India) should be suspended unless India ensures, and does not guarantee in writing, the issuance of visas to all the wrestlers and abide by the rules.
“There is absolutely no constitutional or contractual way this could happen. The ICC constitution allows members the right to participate in ICC events as long as they’ve qualified” – said the BCCI official.
In light of International Olympic Committee directives, World wrestling federation is the first body to take this action. It came as an after-math of India denying visas to Pakistani team for shooting world cup.
Pakistan wrestling federation secretary, Arshad Sattar, termed this letter as a ‘positive measure’. This will set a new precedent and show how sports should be kept out of political influence.
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