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World Championships-bound wushu players facing US visa trouble
India’s wushu players are facing visa delays for the upcoming World Championships in Texas. Despite applying in early October, the 26-member contingent, including 16 athletes, is still awaiting their visas. The event carries world ranking points and serves as a qualifying tournament for future World Cups. The Indian authorities have intervened, but there has been no response from the US embassy. The Wushu Association of India has already paid for accommodations and entry fees. The MEA has requested the embassy to grant the visas promptly. At the last World Championships, India’s wushu players achieved their best-ever medal haul.
Mirabai Chanu targets next year’s Asian Championships to return from injury
Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu is aiming to make a comeback in the Asian Championships next year after recovering from a hip injury sustained during the Asian Games. She will not be participating in the IWF Grand Prix II in Doha in December but will attend to complete the necessary formalities for Olympic qualification. Chanu’s coach confirmed that she is currently 75% fit and will start training again from December 20. The Asian Championships, scheduled for February 2023, will be her comeback event.
Indian Army tank commander from Lucknow shines in world bodybuilding championship
Major Savio Henriques, an Army man from Lucknow, finished fourth in the 14th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships held in South Korea. This was his third championship participation, and he is being trained by a two-time Asian champion. Henriques expressed his desire to finish among the top three and bring glory to India. Over 350 bodybuilders from 40 countries participated in the event, with Malaysian bodybuilder Mike Mahen winning the championship in the men’s athletic physique category. The Southern Command of the Indian Army congratulated Henriques on his achievement.