Bamang Tago, manager of the Indian badminton team for the Thaihot China Open Badminton Championship 2016 to be held in Fuzhou, has been denied a visa by the Chinese embassy on the ground that he hails from Arunachal Pradesh, a state which China claims is part of its territory. “While other members of the 14-member Indian team were issued visa by the Chinese embassy for the tournament that is part of the super series premier calendar events of the badminton world, Tago’s visa was withheld on the ground of his being a domicile of Arunachal Pradesh. When an enquiry was made by the applicant along with BAI official Anand Kare on November 14 on the delay at the embassy office, the response was that it needed approval from China,” an official of the BAI said.
Though the BAI had submitted all required documents of the Indian contingents at the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi several weeks ago, all but Tago were issued their visas. The team meanwhile has reached Fuzhou without its manager, the official said.
This, however, is not the first time that China has denied visa to players from Arunachal Pradesh, In 2011, a 5-member karate team on its way to Quanzhou in Fujian province to take part in the Asian Karate-do Championship was stopped by Indian immigration officials at IGI airport, New Delhi for possessing stapled visa issued by the Chinese Embassy.
In Jan 2012, a team of Arunachal weightlifters were prevented to board their flight for possessing stapled visas. In October 2013, two young archers from Arunachal Pradesh could not participate in the Youth World Archery Championship in Wuxi in China again for the same reason.