The Indian parashooting team has had their visas approved and is scheduled to leave for France on Sunday in preparation for the World Cup.

Six members of the contingent, including double Paralympic medalist Singharaj Adhana, had their visa applications rejected despite the Indian government’s intervention, but the Sports Authority of India (SAI) later in the day on Saturday cleared their visas so they could travel to France for next week’s World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Chateauroux. The SAI tweeted that the team would leave for France the following day. According to the schedule posted on the International Paralympic Committee’s website, the event begins on June 6. The controversy surrounding the visa denials arose after gold medalist shooter Avani Lekhara took to Twitter for assistance after her escort and mother Shewata Jewaria and coach Rakesh were denied entry to the country. Accept life as it comes and be thankful for it.” she tweeted.Earlier, talking to PTI from the airport, chief national coach and chairman of Indian Para Shooting Jai Prakash Nautiyal said Lekhara and her coach Manpat’s visas were cleared.”Avani and her coach’s visas were granted but her escort, who is also her mother, didn’t get her visa,” Nautiyal said.”Besides, three para shooters — Singharaj, Rahul Jhakhar and Deepinder Singh (all para pistol shooters) and two coaches Subhas Rana (national coach) and Vivek Saini (assistant coach) did not get their visas.”The French embassy didn’t mention any reason, simply said there is a huge surge for visas. We applied for our visas on April 23 and were sure of getting all cleared. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also intervened and were helping us but despite that visas of six members were rejected,” he added.The event is of significance for Indian para shooters as Paris Paralympics quota places were on offer there.”We are now going with a 22-member contingent, which includes 14 shooters. We were quite confident of getting visas of all members cleared since Paris will be the host for the next Paralympics and there are 18 quota places on offer at the 2024 Paralympics,” Nautiyal said.

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