Annu Rani Reaches Out The MEA As Visa Issues Stop Her From Competing In Europe

Annu Rani
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Indian javelin throws star Annu Rani has reached out to the Ministry of External Affairs to help her solve the visa issues that are barring her from returning to Europe for competitions.

Rani, the national record-holder and two-time Worlds finalist, trains under top javelin coach Werner Daniels at Offenburg and returned to India few weeks ago after the expiry of her 90-day period in Germany.

Unfortunately, due to her visa, the World No. 10 is unable to return to Germany immediately to resume her training in preparation for the upcoming World Championships in Budapest in August- which has a qualification deadline of July 30.

“I have a multiple Schengen visa that allows me to stay a maximum of three months in Germany and then come back to India and stay here for 90 days. Only after that, I can go back to Germany,” Rani told Sportstar on Wednesday.

“Now, I can go to Germany only after three months That’s not good because my training will be disturbed. So I want a long-term residence permit or visa that will allow me to stay there till the Paris Olympics. The SAI and the Athletics Federation of India are trying but there has not been any progress so far. I hope the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) helps me in this,” she added.

Having won the Federation Cup gold in her season-opener on Tuesday, Rani has received invitations to take part in some top tier competitions from around the world including the Paris Diamond League next month, but until her visa issue resolves, she is unable to compete in them.

“I have an invitation for the Paris Diamond League on June 9. And now, all good competitions are going on in Germany and in Europe. I have no visa so how can I go there,” Rani enquired.

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