Former National champion and Arjuna Awardee Anthony Amalraj looks to be in danger of missing out on the World table tennis championships (individual) to be held in Houston, USA from November 23 to 29.
The 35-year-old, who has been provisionally selected for the Worlds as part of the four-member Indian men's team, had applied for the American visa twice (mandatory) in the 'Emergency Request' category, but was denied both times. His next appointment with the Embassy in Chennai falls on March 5 next year.
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A perplexed Amalraj tweeted: "Visa papers are ready but not able to get an appointment for visa. Kindly help."--tagging PMO India, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, External Affairs, SAI, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Office, among others.
Later, speaking to Sportstar from Lasko (Slovenia) where he is playing the WTT Contender tournament, Amalraj said: "I humbly request the External Affairs Ministry to intervene and ensure I take part in the World Championships."