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Departure of 12 members World C'ship wrestling squad delayed

New Delhi: Around 12 members of the World Championship-bound Indian team's departure to the United States yesterday got further delayed as some of them failed to get their passport back in time after getting the visa approval.

The entire contingent, with the exception of a 2-3 wrestlers, was supposed to leave tonight for Las Vegas for the September 7-12 competition, but about a dozen of them could not get their passports today because of some "miscommunication".

"The entire team, except one coach of the women's wrestling team, had cleared their visa interviews yesterday and were suppose to get their visas and passports yesterday.

But when a person from WFI went to collect the passports yesterday, some miscommunication happened. That is the reason around 10-12 passports couldn't be collected today," a source in WFI told PTI.

The source, however, said that the wrestlers, who have got back their passports will leave tonight, while those who are yet to receive it, will leave today.

"As such there has not been any problem with the visa. It's just that some of our wrestlers didn¿t get the passport today," said the source.

The Indian team comprises 24 wrestlers in total, excluding the support staff and coaches.

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