Asian Snooker Tournament in India postponed indefinitely over Pakistan players’ visa issues in the aftermath of the ghastly Pulwama terror attack.
The last Indian leg of the 10 Reds Asian Tour Snooker tournament has been postponed. Earlier, it was scheduled to be held in Bengaluru but now it has been postponed after the organisers failed to guarantee visas for Pakistani cueists.
After India failed to provide a guarantee for issuing visas to the Pakistani players, the Asian Confederation of Billiards Sport (ACBS) decided to postpone the event.
Observing at what was happening with other sports events in India post the Pulwama terror attack, it was informed to ACBS that visa will be a major issue for Pakistani players. Hence, the governing body decided to postpone the last leg of the Asian Snooker Tour indefinitely.
“6 out of 24 players belongs from Pakistan or are from Pakistani-origin. They haven’t applied for a visa yet. we made ACBS aware of the current situation”, Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) secretary S Subramaniam said.
India was to host the last leg of the Asian Snooker Tournament 2019
India was supposed to host the last leg of the tour. The first two legs of the Asian Snooker Tour were to be held in Qatar and China.
However, The BSFI official said that the local organisers of the event, Karnataka State Billiards Association (KSBA), is planning to host another international event without Pakistani players around the same time.
1. No Visa for for the cueists from the neighborhood
2. Snooker events are put off indefinitely.
Reverberations from #PulwanaAttack continue.
For events to be held in India the anguish can be shown.
But events by a global body like ICC, to be held in England, drag their feet.
— Jose Puliampatta (@JosePuliampatta) February 25, 2019
Subramaniam informed that the KSBA has already approved the financial access for the Asian Tour from the state government and are now exploring other international events.
How Indian sports fraternity reacted to the Pulwama attacks
After the disastrous attacks in Pulwama on 14th February, wherein 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives, sports events and tournaments involving Pakistani players got badly affected in the country.
A week back, India denied visas to a three-member Pakistani shooting contingent in the ongoing ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup. The IOC said the refusal of visas for competitors went against the principles of the Olympic charter relating to discrimination and political interference from the host country.
The IOC has decided to entertain India only after a “clear written guarantees” to ensure access for all athletes is provided by the Indian government or else India will risk losing out on hosting international events.
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