Following the declassification of 2 quota places in the 25m Air Pistol Men’s event at the ongoing ISSF World Cup here in New Delhi, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has now decided to "suspend all discussions" with India vis-a-vis applications to host future events after two Pakistani athletes were refused visas by the Indian Government.
The denial of visas to the Pakistani shooters, Ghulam Mustafa Bashir and Khalil Ahmed, came in the wake of a Pakistani militant group Jaish-e- Mohammad claiming responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, which killed 40 members of the CRPF.
Ghulam Mustafa Bashir and Ahmed were due to take part in the 25 meters rapid fire pistol event at the ISSF World Cup, which is scheduled to begin tomorrow.
The IOC said two spots at next year's Olympics in Tokyo that had been up for grabs in that competition had been revoked.
The IOC’s decision comes as a major blow to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which submitted a formal expression of interest to bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in December with the view to approaching the Government for support.
IOA President Narinder Batra claimed in April that India would bid for the 2026 Summer Youth Olympic Games and the 2030 Asian Games.
"Besides, in order to avoid similar situations in future, the ISSF will request from organizers of the shooting events in India the written guarantees of the State Government to ensure the non-allowance of any kind of discrimination for the participants."
The event in New Delhi is the first ISSF World Cup stage of the season
A total of 500 shooters, representing 60 nations, will compete in the 10 rifle and pistol Olympic events at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range. It will be the third ISSF competition held in India's capital since 2017.
The ISSF World Cup, which was officially opened yesterday, will have wide television coverage with some 78 countries on four continents having a chance to follow the competitions.
This is as a result of the live broadcasting arranged by ISSF and Organising Committee.
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