Indian Table Tennis star Manika Batra and six other players were denied entry into the Air India flight from Delhi to Melbourne due to overbooking on Sunday.
The seven were left stranded at the Indira Gandhi International Airport of the total seventeen of the Indian contingent participating at ITTF World Tour Australian Open which is scheduled to start from Monday.

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With only ten players on the team who could fly, Manika and Mouma Das were among the seven players left behind.
The CWG medalist took to Twitter to share her experience and the situation faced by the Indian players.

She was then replied by the DG of Sports India, Neelam Kapoor who is looking after the situation.

“This is all Air India’s fault. The Sports Ministry did all it could to facilitate this tour. But for an unacceptable reason and irresponsibility of Air India, the players have suffered, their preparation has suffered. It’s a loss for the country,” said MP Singh, secretary general of the Table Tennis Federation of India to TOI Sports.

“Moreover, Air India has given players accommodation in a two-star hotel on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon road. That’s not how you treat those who have done the nation proud,” he added.
It is them who have been making us proud and holding our flag high. If they are not treated properly, we will lose these people who’ve been working so hard just to keep their country’s name on the top.

They should be thoroughly supported by the Government and helped whenever in need. The authorities related should also make sure that they are sent as soon as possible and whatever arrangements they require to do their practice in the meantime should be provided.

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