Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), July 23:-Indian table tennis team who were denied boarding on the Delhi-Melbourne flight on Sunday received an apology from the national carrier Air India which termed the whole incident as unfortunate.
Air India spokesperson in a statement terming the incident very unfortunate assured the players that they will be accommodated on next available flights.
On Sunday, table tennis player Manika Batra took to Twitter stating that the Indian contingent, comprising 17 players and officials of Indian table tennis team were denied boarding on the Melbourne-bound flight due to overbooking.
Batra had also tagged Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office in her tweet.
“Our contingent of total 17 players and 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,” the player tweeted.
“On reaching Air India counter we were told that flight is overbooked and only 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 added.
However, Batra later posted a photograph of herself on Twitter with a boarding pass in hand and thanked Neelam Kapur, Director General of Sports Authority of India, for taking prompt action in this regard.
The Indian contingent was scheduled to participate at the ITTF World Tour Australian Open which is set to begin on Monday in Melbourne.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)