New Delhi: Paddlers from across the border will not be participating in the upcoming Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships here, as Indian authorities have not granted visas to the Pakistani squad for the tournament, starting on May 5.
"We had requested permission for the all the countries who had shown interest in participating in the competition. The Pakistani contingent was not given visa clearances by the Indian government. They will not be part of the championship," said Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) president P C Chaturvedi.
In the Asian Cycling Championships held here in March, Pakistani riders had a difficult time getting visas from the Indian authorities, which even forced some of the cyclists to miss the competition.
The relations between the two neighbour countries have suffered since the beheading of Indian soldiers by the Pakistan army at the Line of Control in January this year.