Saturday, November 17, 2018

Indian team stranded for 28 hours at Kuwait airport

New Delhi: Members of the Indian football team bound for Amman for their friendly against Jordan on Saturday, were stranded for over 28 hours at the Kuwait International airport on Thursday due to unprecedented storm and rain in the region.

The team had left the Capital in two groups - of seven and 15 - on two separate flights to Amman via Kuwait City in the early hours of Thursday. They were scheduled to join up in Kuwait. However, severe climatic conditions in the region - reports said Kuwait received a year's worth of rainfall on one day alone - led to dozens of flights being either diverted or cancelled.

The first Indian group comprising strikers Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Manveer Singh, Sumit Passi, wingers Halicharan Narzary, Udanta Singh and Ashique Kuruniyan including eight officials landed in Kuwait at 6.30 am local time, and found themselves stranded as flash floods made it an emergency situation. With the airport hotels all booked, the group had no choice but to wait at the airport, eventually spending 28 hours before they were able to fly out to Amman on Friday by the 10.30 am (local time) flight.
17/11/18 Times of India