"It is a sensitive issue, I don't want to comment much on it", he said during a press conference in New Delhi.
Kosovo's declaration of independence was backed by 113 member-countries of the United Nations but the subject still remains a matter of controversy for a few countries- Russian Federation among them. 73 nations are set to participate in the 10th edition of the championship.
Fearing serious repercussions, the Indian Olympic Association Wednesday asked the sports ministry to immediately resolve the controversy surrounding Kosovan boxer Donjeta Sadiku's visa.
The ban on Kosovo athletes flying the flag at the World Karate Championship in Spain has highlighted the disadvantages that its sporting professionals still face, the head of the Kosovo Olympic Committee has told BIRN.More news: 12-gen Toyota Corolla sedan unveiled
IOC urges federations not to hold events in Spain until Kosovo stance resolved The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reportedly urged international federations not to stage events in Spain unless the country can guarantee equal participation to all competitors including athletes from Kosovo.
Still, their athletes were prohibited from competing under Kosovo's flag at the Karate World Championships in Spain earlier this year. IOA president Narendra Batra warned India to gear for similar backlash.
He said that "the International Olympic Committee and other international federations are putting a lot of effort into keeping politics away from sports, and for athletes to be treated equally everywhere", but issues still occur.
Kosovo also participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics despite the fact that Brazil, too, doesn't recognise the disputed country. Asked on IOA's apprehension, he said: "We have not seen any official letter from the International Olympic Committee but there is an apprehension in IOA which we have considered and we have appraised the MEA of this. But that's how it stands at the moment", an anonymous official was quoted as saying by AFP.More news: Beware - those cool summer milkshakes can contain 39 teaspoons of sugar
Batra mentioned instances where local organisers/ host countries of major worldwide sports events allowed the participation of athletes from countries/territories that they did not recognise at a political level. "Otherwise, this will threaten the fundamental principles of Olympic Movement", Batra wrote in his letter.
Sadiku also holds an Albanian passport and was expected, along with her two coaches, to receive an entry visa to compete in the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships.
The World Championships would see participation from over 300 boxers from 73 countries but it is the one missing name - Donjeta - that might well overshadow the entire event.More news: Michelle Obama Reveals All The Things She Couldn't Say as First Lady