World Athletics Championships 2023: Neeraj Chopra urges the MEA to fix visa issues of javelin thrower Kishore Jena

On July 30, Jena won gold in the National Championship held in Sri Lanka with a personal record of 84.38 and he made it to the World Athletics Championship 2023 through the World Ranking Quota.
Kishore made it to the World Athletics Championship 2023 through the World Ranking Quota. Image- The Bridge
Kishore made it to the World Athletics Championship 2023 through the World Ranking Quota. Image- The Bridge

Indian star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Thursday has appealed for help after the visa of star javelin thrower Kishore Kumar Jena was canceled. The one-month visa of Jena, who is going to participate in the World Athletics Championship 2023 to be held in Budapest, has been canceled by the Hungarian Embassy. ​​After that, his participation in the championship has come under doubt.

Neeraj Chopra urged Minister of External Affairs to resolve the visa issues of athlete Kishore Jena. Image- LatestLY

By tweeting on Wednesday, the Athletics Federation of India informed about the cancellation of Kishore Kumar Jena's visa. The tweet read, "Setback for #javelin thrower Kishore Kumar Jena as Embassy of #Hungary in Delhi has cancelled his one month #visa for reasons unknown. He is doubtful for world championships," After this, the second tweet read, "Odisha javelin thrower Kishore Kumar Jena was issued 1 month Schengen visa last month. He was to leave for Budapest on August 20. If visa cancelled, he can't compete."

After that, Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra made a tweet appealing for help for Kishore Kumar Jena of Odisha. Neeraj Chopra wrote in his tweet, "Just heard that there are issues with Kishore Jena's VISA, preventing him from entering Hungary for the World C'ships. I hope the authorities are able to find a solution, as this is one of the biggest moments of his career. Let's do everything we can. @MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar,"

Earlier, on July 30, Jena won gold in the National Championship held in Sri Lanka with a personal record of 84.38 and he made it to the World Athletics Championship 2023 through the World Ranking Quota. Jena is a promising javelin thrower, who's current rank is No.33 in the world rankings. Significantly, he is one of the four players to qualify for the tournament. DP Manu and Rohit Yadav also found the place but elbow injuries ruled them out.

Meanwhile, the World Athletics Championships 2023 will get underway on August 19 but men's javelin throw begins on August 25 with the qualifying round, while the final will be held on August 27.

28 Athletes who will be competing at the World Athletics Championships 2023:

  1. Jyothi Yarraji – 1OOm Hurdles – TOPS Athlete
  2. Parul Chaudhary – 3000m SC
  3. Shaili Singh – Long Jump – TOPS Athlete
  4. Annu Rani – Javelin Throw – TOPS Athlete
  5. Bhawna Jat – Race Walk
  6. Krishan Kumar – 800m
  7. Ajay Kumar Saroj -1500m
  8. Santhosh Kumar Tamilarnsan – 400m Hurdles
  9. Avinash Mukund Sable – 3000m SC – TOPS Athlete
  10. Sarvesh Anil Kushare – High Jump
  11. Jeswin Aldrin -Long Jump – TOPS Athlete
  12. M Sreeshankar – Long Jump – TOPS Athlete
  13. Praveen Chithravel – Triple Jump – TOPS Athlete
  14. Abdulla Aboobacker – Triple Jump – TOPS Athlete
  15. Eldhose Paul – Triple Jump – TOPS Athlete
  16. Neeraj Chopra – Javelin Throw – TOPS Athlete
  17. D.P Manu – Javelin Throw – TOPS Athlete
  18. Kishore Kumar Jena – Javelin Throw
  19. Akashdeep Singh – Race Walk – TOPS Athlete
  20. Vikash Singh – Race Walk
  21. Paramjeet Singh – Race Walk – TOPS Athlete
  22. Ram Baboo – Race Walk
  23. Amoj Jacob – 4 x 400m Relay
  24. Muhammed Ajmal – 4 x 400m Relay
  25. Muhammed Anas – 4 x 400m Relay
  26. Rajesh Ramesh – 4 x 400m Relay
  27. Anil Rajalingam – 4 x 400m Relay
  28. Mijo Chacko Kurian – 4 x 400m Relay

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