Saina Nehwal’s SOS to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar Answered; World No 8 Hopes to Get Visa for Denmark Open Approved in Time
Saina Nehwal (Photo Credits: IANS)

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal confirmed that her plea to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, seeking help to provide her and her trainer visa for the upcoming Denmark Open, has been processed. The World No 8 had, on Monday, sought help from the External Affairs Minister and the Denmark embassy in India regarding the visa issues she and her trainer were facing. Saina, in a Twitter post in which she tagged Jaishankar, revealed that their visa for Denmark was yet to be processed. The BWF Super 750 tournament will be played in Odense from October 15 to October 20, 2019. Saina Nehwal Is Eagerly Waiting to See Parineeti Chopra As 'The Best Athlete On-Screen' (View Pic).

On Tuesday, Saina put up another post on social media in which she confirmed that her visa application has now been processed and she remains hopeful to participate in the upcoming Denmark Open. "Got the visa application processed today in Hyderabad. Thanks, @sanjg2k1 for making the impossible happen & @VFSGlobal for going the extra mile along with @DenmarkinIndia even on a holiday! Hope to get the visa in time for flight on Friday,” said the 29-year-old Indian shuttler.

Saina Nehwal Gets Her Visa Approved

The Olympic bronze-medallist had a day earlier made an “urgent request” to the External Affairs Ministry seeking their intervention to get her and her trainer’s visa processed. "I have an urgent request regarding visa for me and my trainer to Denmark. I have a tournament next week in Odense and we don't have our visas processed yet. Our matches are starting on Tuesday next week," she had said tagging minister S Jaishankar in the post.

Saina Nehwal Makes Urgent Request

Meanwhile, VFS Global (Visa Facility Service Global) put out a statement stating that it is mandatory for all applicants – seeking a visa for Denmark – to appear in person and submit their biometrics. “Today as per instruction of the Embassy, VFS Global opened the Hyderabad visa application centre to ensure that Ms Nehwal is able to visit in person to submit her biometrics. Danish Embassy decides on the application process and takes the decision, not the VFS Global,” they were quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

Saina finished runner-up in the tournament in 2018 after losing to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying in the Women’s singles final. Apart from Saina, World Champions PV Sindhu will also be participating in the Denmark Open as the top seed in the women’s singles. Kidambi Srikanth, B. Sai Praneeth, Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma, HS Prannoy, Sourabh Verma, Subhankar Dey will be the other shuttlers resenting India in the BWF Super Tournament.