China clears Indian shuttlers’ visas for Sudirman Cup | Badminton News

NEW DELHI: Indian badminton players and coaching staff can breathe a sigh of relief. Their trip to suzhou in China for Sudirman Cup was confirmed after their biometrics were completed at the Chinese Embassy in Delhi on Monday. The visas are expected to be issued on Tuesday, sources told TOI.
The players and other contingent members returned to Hyderabad on Monday evening and will depart for Bengaluru on Wednesday, from where they will board their flight to Shanghai in the evening. The tournament is scheduled for May 14-21.
India’s top players including two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, world number 9 HS Prannoy and Asian Championships doubles title winners Satwiksairaj Rankireddy And Chirag Shettyare part of the strong contingent of 23 members.
The development came two days after TOI reported that the players had yet to receive their visas for the tournament despite repeated follow-ups by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) with the Chinese Embassy.
It was learned that the issue was taken up at the diplomatic level by the Indian government with the Chinese Foreign Ministry delegation, which was in India to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. ) in Goa.
After government intervention, the Chinese Embassy informed the BAI about visa processing and biometrics appointment times on Monday. The case had also been discussed with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) – the world’s governing body for sport.
“It was certainly a relief for everyone. We were afraid of missing the tournament this time. India are one of the favorites to lift the trophy building on our players’ recent performances in the team events,” a source said.
India had qualified for the Sudirman Cup after winning bronze at the Asia Mixed Badminton Championships in February.


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