India's Avani Lekhara said on Twitter that her escort and coach were among those who had difficulties obtaining visas to enter France ©Getty Images

India's preparations for the World Shooting Para Sport (WSPS) World Cup in Châteauroux have been impacted by visa issues, after six team members including double Paralympic medallist Singhraj Adhana reportedly had their applications rejected.

The World Cup scheduled for June 6 to 12 at the National Shooting Centre offers the first qualification opportunity for the Paris 2024 Paralympics.

However, India's involvement has been impacted by difficulties relating to obtaining visas to enter the country.

Women's SH1 10 metres air rifle Paralympic champion Avani Lekhara claimed on Twitter that her escort and mother Shewata Jewaria and coach Rakesh Manpat had their visa applications rejected.

Indian Para shooting chairman and head national coach Jai Prakash Nautiyal revealed that athletes including Adhana were also caught up with the problems related to visa applications.

"Avani and her coach's visas were granted but her escort, who is also her mother didn't get her visa," Nautiyal told the Press Trust of India.

"Besides, three Para shooters - Singhraj, Rahul Jhakhar and Deepinder Singh [all Para pistol shooters] - and two coaches Subhas Rana [national coach] and Vivek Saini [assistant coach] did not get their visas.

"The French Embassy didn't mention any reason, simply said there is a huge surge for visas.

"We applied for our visas on April 23 and were sure of getting all cleared.

"The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also intervened and were helping us but despite that visas of six members were rejected."

Nautiyal added that he expected India to travel to Châteauroux with a reduced contingent.

"We are now going with a 22-member contingent, which includes 14 shooters," he said, as reported by the PTI.

"We were quite confident of getting visas of all members cleared since Paris will be the host for the next Paralympics and there are 18 2024 Paralympics quota places on offer in the tournament."

However, the Sports Authority of India earlier today suggested there had been a breakthrough in the attempts to secure visas.

"The pending visas of three athletes and four support staff of the Indian Para shooters contingent going to France for competition has been cleared by the French embassy after further requests from MYAS [Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports] and MEA," it posted on Twitter.

"The team will fly out to France tomorrow."

Insidethegames has asked WSPS for a comment.