Asian Games 2023: Sports Minister Anurag Thakur cancels China visit amid row over entry of Arunachal Pradesh athletes
Union sports minister cancels visit to China for Asian Games amid row over entry of athletes from Arunachal Pradesh.
Union sports minister Anurag Thakur has cancelled his visit to China for the upcoming Asian Games amid an escalating row over entry to athletes. The MEA announcement came after Chinese authorities denied accreditation and entry to some sportspeople from Arunachal Pradesh for the Games.
Other lawmakers including fellow Union Minister Kiren Rijiju have also condemned the Chinese decision. The official said that Thakur's tour had been cancelled and no other official from India would visit China for the Asian Games.
“Arunachal Pradesh is not a disputed territory but an inalienable part of India. This step of China will not change the status of the state... The steps taken by China are unethical and illegal... The International Olympic Committee should reign in China's illegitimate action…The entire people of the country are resolutely opposing this illegal step of China and in future, the Indian Government will answer this…" he said.
(With inputs from agencies)
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