Visas issue: Donjeta Sadiku misses women`s World Boxing Championship

Kosovo boxer Donjeta Sadiku is set to miss the Women`s Boxing World Championships in India as the boxer is unlikely to get a visa to come to India as Kosovo is not recognized by the Indian government. 

Sadiku has questioned International Boxing Association's (IBA) decision to grant the event's hosting rights to India.

Uncertainty looms large over Sadiku's participation at IBA's flagship event since the Indian government is yet to grant her visa.

India does not recognize Kosovo - a disputed territory in South Eastern Europe.

Sadiku said Kosovo's Sports Ministry is trying to get in touch with the Indian government but it seems she will have to miss the prestigious tournament yet again.

"I don't have any response from India yet. The Boxing Federation of India is allowing my participation in the world boxing championship, and IBA said that there won't be any problem but the Indian government, and foreign ministry have not yet responded to my visa application," a despondent Sadiku told PTI on Sunday night.

"Our ministry of sport is trying to contact them but we have lost hope. Tomorrow (Monday) we have our plane ticket, and there is no response yet," she added.

This is not the first time Sadiku has faced such a situation. The 2022 lightweight World Championship bronze medallist boxer has been denied the Indian visa twice before, which led to her missing the 2018 women's World Championship in Delhi and the Youth Women's World Boxing Championships in Guwahati respectively.