India’s Government has suspended e-visas for Chinese Nationals which would prevent them from taking part in the Asian Championships in New Delhi due to the deadly virus that has claimed more than 1,800 lives since spreading from its epicentre in the central city of Wuhan.
Wrestling Federation of India Assistant Secretary, Vinod Tomar said the Chinese are not coming into India as health concerns remain a big reason and the coronavirus outbreak is deadly.
Japanese world champions Kenichiro Fumita and Risako Kawai are among top wrestlers taking part.
Sports Minister of India, Kiren Rijiju said the denial of visas is inevitable as there are exceptions for an ordinary health crisis.
Rijiju added that the Nation cannot deny visa to citizens of any country because it is a part of the Olympic charter. We try to keep sports away from politics. But where there is health concern or any technical issue, there are separate provisions for that.
The Asian Championships, which provide United World Wrestling, UWW at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, begin Tuesday, February 18, 2020 through Sunday, February 23, 2020.