Sania Mirza had approached Sports Ministry after she failed to get the Visa for her two year old son, Izhann. The Ministry of External Affairs responded promptly, and contacted the UK government to grant visa for the Indian tennis star’s son. Sania Mirza is scheduled to participate in a few tournaments in UK to prepare for Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics, and wishes that his son, accompanies her.
The 34-year old is scheduled to compete at the Nottingham Open, followed by Birmingham Classic, and Eastbourne Open. She will also compete at Wimbledon from June 28-July 11, 2021. The six time doubles Grandslam champion has been granted a visa, but her two-year old son has not been granted one yet.
Sania Mirza seeks the help of Sports Ministry
Sania Mirza is a part of the Sports Ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), and planned to seek help from the Sports Ministry.
“We received this request for Sania a few days back and I felt 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,” Sports Minister 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,” he added.
Sania Mirza has played just two tournaments so far this season. The Indian competed at Qatar Open and Dubai Open 2021. She competed in Doha, after a one year absence from tour, and managed to reach the semifinals.