Sania Mirza will be one of India’s biggest bet to bag a medal in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Ahead of the marquee multi-national tournament, Sania will be taking part in multiple competitions in the UK. However, Sania is a mother too and she wants to take her 2-year-old son along with her. Even though Sania Mirza has been granted UK Visa, her son and his caretaker have been denied the same.
Consequently, Sania, who is part of the Sports Ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme, approached the ministry, requesting help with visa’s of her son and his caretaker. Sania claimed that since she will be on a long tour, she can’t leave her son behind.
The request was taken up by the Sports Ministry, who sent a letter to the Ministry of External Affair requesting them to take up the matter in the UK through the Indian Embassy in London.
“We received this request for Sania a few days back, and I felt that it is important that as a mother, Sania be allowed to take her two-year-old son along so that she can participate with a free mind without worrying for her child back home,” said Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju
“I have approved the request and Sports Ministry officials have initiated the process with the MEA. The Sports Ministry’s effort has always been to provide every support to our athletes. We are hopeful that the UK Government will see merit in this case and allow the child to travel with Sania,” Rijiju added.
Sania will take part in the Nottingham Open on June 6 followed by Birmingham Open from June 14. She will then play the Eastbourne Open on June 20 before representing India at Wimbledon from June 28.