India denies Pakistan journalists visa to cover Hockey WC

Last Updated: Nov 28 2018 17:44

HOCKEY- Pakistan journalists were not given visas by Indian government to cover the 2018 Hockey World Cup.

Two young Pakistani journalists were expected to cover the event as part of the Young Sports Journalists Training Programme but they have been denied visas.

“Seven journalists had applied but none of them have been granted visas,” Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary-general Shahbaz Ahmad said from Lahore.

Another PHF official said, “Why should journalists be denied visas? They are the ones who bridge the gap. They only wanted to cover the World Cup as hockey in India and Pakistan is big. The journalists would have liked to travel to India as the culture, language etc is the same and they wanted to experience it.”

Journalists from Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Malaysia have been allowed to cover the event, only Pakistan journalists were not given visas.