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Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Manika Batra And Six Other Indian TT Players Denied Boarding Air India Flight

In an unfortunate and shocking incident, table tennis player Manika Batra and six other players were left stranded at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. The players were denied boarding on an Air India Delhi-Melbourne flight due to overbooking.

A total of 17 players were bound for Australia to participate in the ITTF World Tour Australian Open to start from Monday. But only ten of them could the board. On the other hand, the remaining seven including Commonwealth Games gold medalist Batra and Mouna Das, had to wait at the airport.

Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Manika Batra And Six Other Indian TT Players Denied Boarding Air India Flight 1

Batra took to Twitter to share the unfortunate incident, writing:

“Our contingent of total 17 players. & officials of Indian table tennis team including. CWG medalist myself, Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das, Madhurika, Harmeet, Suthirta, Sathyan were supposed to fly today to Melbourne. by AI 0308 to participate in ITTF World Tour Australian Open from tom.”

In another tweet, she tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore while expressing her disbelief over the whole incident.

“On reaching Air India counter we were told dat flight is overbooked. Aonly 10 members of TT team can fly which left us in a shock.7 of us are still unable to fly.All the tickets were booked by Balmer Lawrie.
@Ra_THORe @PMOIndia Shocked at such mismanagement by @airindiain,” she wrote.

But before the matter could go entirely out of hands, Director General of Sports India Neelam Kapur swung into action. She took to Twitter to confirm that the remaining players would leave for Australia tonight.

“The TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight,” Kapur confirmed on her official twitter handle.