Hyderabad: After two days of suspense, Parupalli Kashyap, HS Prannoy and doubles specialist Sikki Reddy finally got the green signal to participate in the New Zealand Grand Prix Open tournament. On Tuesday a frantic Kashyap tweeted that they were still waiting for New Zealand visa and the passports as they had to leave for Calagry for Canada Grand Prix tournament, which starts from July 11.
External Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sports Minister Vijay Goel responded to the appeal. The badminton players finally got a message that their visas have been moved. However, they were asked to collect it from New Zealand’s Mumbai office. Kashyap, who is making a comeback after injury, requested the Olympic Gold Quest (CGQ) to collect the passports on their behalf. The CGQ promptly responded to Kashyap’s request. Kashyap and Prannoy flew to Mumbai late in the evening and then proceeded to Calagry in the early hours of Thursday.
And later Kashyap tweeted: And the long trip begins.. Thank you @MEAQuery @OGQ_India @GoSportsVoices @BAI_Media
— Parupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) July 5, 2017