Srinagar: A Kashmiri athlete was on Tuesday denied visa for travel to United States, where he was scheduled to participate in Snowshoe championship on February 24.
A resident of Hassanabad, Rainawari, Tanveer Hussain was expected to represent India in the US championship at Saranc Lake in New York.
“My application was turned down by embassy officials citing ‘current policy’ as the reason,” the 24-year-old athlete told Kashmir Reader.
Hussain, who represented India last year in the world championship in Italy, said he has already informed the Snowshoe Federation of India (SSFI) and the organisers of this year’s world championship.
“I had completed all the formalities and my documents were also complete but my application was still turned down,” Hussain pointed out.
Hussain was expected to leave for Saranc Lake on February 20 to participate in the championship.
The international Snowshoe athlete, associated with SSFI, Hussain told Reader that the officials at the embassy called the next applicant before he could seek elaboration of the ‘current policy’.
Introduced only three years ago in Kashmir by SSFI in collaboration with the state tourism department, Snowshoeing has emerged as a popular winter game in the valley.
A state championship was organised recently earlier this month in the ski-resort of Gulmarg, where Hussain was also a participant.
“The federation has already shown concern and I am waiting for whether there will be any change in the visa status,” Hussain said.
Hussain’s visa denial comes a day after Kashmiri lawmaker from Kulgam District, M Y Tarigami held protests in state Assembly and staged a walkout from the House while shouting slogans against US President Donald Trump for suspension of all immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries