New Delhi: Asian cycling giants Iran and cyclists from Pakistan and Afghanistan are unlikely to compete in the Asian Championships starting in New Delhi on Thursday owing to visa issues.
Cycle Federation of India (CFI) secretary general Onkar Singh told IANS on Monday that cyclists of the three countries are yet to get clearance from the home ministry following which the ministry of external affairs will issue the visas.
"We have given all the information the Intelligence Bureau (which falls under the home ministry) asked for. The officials of these countries and I are in constant touch and they are worried about their participation. As organisers, we are particularly worried about Iran. The event will lose credibility if they don't compete. Though it looks unlikely, I hope Iran get it (clearance) at the last moment," said Onkar Singh.