Finally Kashmiri athletes granted visas for USA

KL News network

Srinagar

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The two Kashmiri athletes who were denied visas on January 30 for USA, will soon be playing in the World snowshoe championship.

Abid Hussain Khan and Tanvir Hussain were denied visas after the immigration ban by the President Donald Trump. But various New Delhi based news portals reported on Sunday that these two athletes were finally given green signal to attend the event after at least two US senators and a small town community in the US intervened and had their influence in turning the decision.

The mayor of the New York State village of Saranac Lake, which was hosting the championship, was quoted by the Wire saying that, “It was difficult not to consider” that the presidential order issued on January 27 had played a role in the decision.

Reportedly the India’s Ministry of External Affairs had sought for a response from the American mission, the US embassy “categorically denied that it has any linkage to the executive order.”

But after media highlighted this issue and their hosts took the issue with the US government, the duo reapplied for US visas and got another chance this week.

Abid Khan and Tanveer Hussain are snowshoe athletes from Kashmir Province. They have been training for the past two years for the upcoming World Snowshoe Championships in Saranac Lake on February 25.

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