Government's permission required to represent India in Pakistan: Rijiju

New Delhi: Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said the government's permission is required if a player wants to represent India in Pakistan. 

Rijiju's comments came amid the ongoing controversy over Kabaddi players going to Pakistan to participate in the World Championship without the consent of any sporting body. 

"Whether to grant visa or not, it is every country's own right. We have no control over that. As far as playing under India's flag or in Indian jersey is concerned, then permission is required from the federation. And if they want to represent India in Pakistan, then they need permission from the government," Rijiju told reporters. 

Rijiju further stated that if a player has gone to Pakistan and used the Indian flag then they will ask Kabaddi Association to take action. 

"It is not right if any individual goes and plays for India, We did not permit any kabaddi player to go to Pakistan and play. If anyone has played in Indian jersey and used our flag then we will ask the Kabaddi Association to take action. 

We cannot restrict citizens. But sports have its own governance and there is Olympic Charter and we go by that," he said. 

Liverpool confirm New Delhi as next stop for interactive roadshow LFC World

New Delhi : Premier League club Liverpool FC has confirmed Delhi as the next stop for its interactive roadshow, L FC World. Emile Heskey and Jason McA...

We are the happiest team at World Cup: Smriti Mandhana

Sydney: Ahead of the upcoming Women's T20 World Cup, India's Smriti Mandhana on Wednesday said that the side is in good shape and really happy going t...

Would happily share the number one spot with New Zealand: Virat Kohli

Wellington: Ahead of the two-match Test series against New Zealand, Indian High Commission on Wednesday hosted a reception for the Men in Blue in Well...

IPL 2020 to have just six afternoon games

Mumbai: Indian Premier League's (IPL) latest edition will have just six afternoon games, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed on...