Pakistan confident of procuring India visas for Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup after missing last edition

KARACHI: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is confident of participating in the FIH Junior World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar from November 24 to December 5, after having missed the last edition of the event in India due to visa issues.
PHF President Brig (retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokar said that despite being informed late about the tournament by the world body (FIH), the federation has still managed to send all necessary documents to the Indian High Commission on time for smooth processing of visas for its contingent.
“We don’t want to see a repeat of what happened last time when the Junior World Cup was held in India in 2016. We have now submitted all documents so there is enough time for the host country to issue us required visas,” he said.
In 2016, Pakistan were unable to take part in the Junior World Cup after being denied visas by the Indian High Commission citing a delay on the part of PHF in applying for the travel document.
“This time we have already got NOCs from the Pakistan Sports Board and other relevant ministries and we are keeping them in touch about developments. We have also requested them to help us procure the visas on time for the tournament,” Khokar said.
“We are confident this time there will be no glitches and our team will be given the best security for the World Cup,” he said.

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