Asian Games 2023: 3 India wushu players, Nyeman Wangsu, Onilu Tega and Mepung Lamgu denied entry to China

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Three India wushu players, Nyeman Wangsu, Onilu Tega, and Mepung Lamgu have been denied entry to China. The rest of the Indian Wushu team which included 7 other players and staff flew out to Hong Kong and from there boarded a flight to Hangzhou in China.

The three Indian players are from Arunachal Pradesh. One of them had got the accreditation and two were waiting for the same, but after the team left for China on Wednesday, 20 September, they were not allowed to board the plane as there was no proper clearance for boarding.

The players were brought back to the Sports Authority of India hostel in JLN Stadium, New Delhi. A top source in China with the Wushu team told India Today that we have taken up the matter with the organising committee of the Asian Games and also with the OCA (Olympic Council of Asia). We are hopeful that soon the matter will be resolved.

On the other hand, speaking with India Today, Bhupinder Singh Bajwa, Chef de Mission India at the Asian Games, said that he was in touch with OCA to resolve the matters.

“I am in touch with the OCA to resolve the matter. There was some technical glitch in their accreditation, and that is why, they could not board the plane. But it seems, and as per my talks with the officials, it seems that by this evening, they will hopefully be able to fly to China,” Bajwa said.

Earlier the three players were issued stapled visas during the University Games rather than stamped ones, held earlier in the month of July. As a protest, India withdrew their entire Wushu team from the event.

The Wushu event begins on September 24.

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Edited By:

Kingshuk Kusari

Published On:

Sep 22, 2023

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