BFI hopeful of resolving visa issue for 3-member Kosovo contingent

Kosovo will field just one boxer Donjeta Sadiku (60kg) along with two coaches, in the 2018 Women’s World Boxing Championships to be held in New Delhi.

Representative Image: Kosovo is one of nine debutants at the 2018 Women’s World Boxing Championships, which starts on November 15.   -  AP

Boxing Federation of India president Ajay Singh, on Saturday, said he is hopeful that the lone boxer from Kosovo, a country that India does not recognise, will be able to compete in next week’s Women’s World Boxing Championships here.

“The boxer concerned also has an Albanian passport and we have diplomatic ties with Albania, so that should work,” said Singh.

“We have made some headway in the matter. I will be meeting officials at the Ministry of External Affairs on Monday and hopefully she will be granted a visa to compete here,” he added.

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Kosovo, a partially recognised state in Eastern Europe, would be fielding just one boxer Donjeta Sadiku (60kg) along with two coaches, in the competition.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and has since been granted recognition by 113 members of the United Nations However, India has refused to do so, maintaining that it would respect the sovereignty of Serbia.

Kosovo is one of nine debutants at the world championship, which starts on November 15.