Sania Mirza can travel with her two-year-old son Izhann to the UK as she begins her preparation for the Tokyo Olympics starting next month.
After about three weeks of waiting, the British government issued the visa for her son and sister.
“I am grateful to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, PMO and everyone else for facilitating this as it was very difficult for me to leave my toddler for five weeks and go to Tokyo from there,” said she declared.
Mirza, who will be able to play in Tokyo thanks to her protected ranking, said she can now train and compete freely. Although she was granted the UK visa, she had contacted the Sports Department, who had contacted the Foreign Office to facilitate her son’s travel.
“It lasted almost three weeks and I was a little anxious. You can’t blame anyone for the situation, but I’m glad it happened. “
She will have to go through a 10-day quarantine, which means she will miss the Nottingham Open from June 6. The doubles star is set to start his season at the Birmingham Open on June 14. She will participate in the Eastbourne Open from June. 20, followed by Wimbledon, which starts on June 28. She will fly directly to the Tokyo Olympics.
“I have always given my 100 percent for the country, no matter what. It was something that bothered me. As athletes, we are able to separate the activities on and off the field. But in the end, we are human beings and for a mother it is very difficult to stay away from her child. I’ve done this in the past but not for more than 10 days, “said the 34-year-old.
“With the presence of my son and sister helping me take care of him while I compete and train, it will reassure me,” said the multiple doubles Grand Slam champion.
Neeraj is waiting
Javelin thrower ace Neeraj Chopra is still awaiting a letter of authorization from France for his trip to train and compete in Europe. “Although he has obtained his visa, he has not yet received a letter of authorization from the French Ministry of the Interior. His travel plan has been rescheduled and SAI is in regular contact with MEA officials who are pursuing the matter with the embassy in Paris, ”said the Sports Authority of India.