National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh
PUNE: Newly-appointed rifle foreign coach Oleg Mikhailov will not be able to contribute much in preparing Indian shooters ahead of the ISSF World Cupscheduled in New Delhi from February 23. Reason: visa delay from the Indian Embassy in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian coach, who struck a two-year deal with National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) immediately after the Rio Games in August, was waiting for his visa since then.
According to the Embassy, Mikhailov's visa application got stuck due to delay in clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
"We had got the clearance from the Sports Ministry, but didn't get the go ahead from the MHA. But we have got it today itself and have issued the visa for the coach," said Gurbachan Singh, second secretary, visa department of the Indian Embassy in Kyiv.
Mikhailov won't get much time to work with shooters for the World Cup since he is expected to land in India in the second week of this month.
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