NEW DELHI: Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Tuesday said her visa application was being processed and she is hoping to get the same in time for her participation in next week’s Denmark Open tournament.
The Olympic bronze-medallist had tweeted on Monday that she was facing visa issues for her participation in the BWF Super 750 tournament. She had sought help of external affairs ministry to sort out the matter.
I have an urgent request regarding visa for me and my trainer to Denmark. I have a tournament next week in Odense a… https://t.co/sZOfZLNTXa
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) 1570459752000
“Got the visa application processed today in Hyderabad. Thanks @sanjg2k1 (Home Ministry official) for making the impossible happen & @VFSGlobal for going the extra mile along with @DenmarkinIndia even on a holiday! Hope to get the visa in time for flight on Friday,” Saina tweeted on Tuesday.
Got the visa application processed today in Hyderabad. Thanks @sanjg2k1 for making the impossible happen &… https://t.co/ltOohqbHWw
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) 1570527374000
The Denmark Open will be played at Odense from October 15 to 20.
The 29-year-old Saina, an Olympic bronze medallist, had finished runner-up in the tournament last year, losing to Chinese Taipei‘s Tai Tzu-Ying in the final.
After Anand Khare, who handles travel documentation of the Indian shuttlers, had blamed Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS), they issued a statement saying, “VFS Global adheres to visa procedures as laid down by its respective client governments and has no influence on such decisions. For Denmark visa applications, it is mandatory for all applicants to appear in person when submitting the visa application. VFS Global is in touch with the Embassy of Denmark and Saina Nehwal’s representative to explore a solution.”
“Today, as per the instructions of the Embassy, VFS Global opened the Hyderabad Visa Application Centre to ensure Nehwal was able to visit in person to submit her biometrics,” the statement added.