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.
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.