Following the denial of the visa to the Pakistani shooters, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has given a clear indication that quota places will be scrapped from the World Cup which opened on Thursday in New Delhi.
The world body's Vice-President Raninder Singh, also the President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), says that he is still hopeful of finding a midway to the problem, which has arose after the contingent from Pakistan was absent following the Pulwama terror attack.
ISSF boss Vladimir Lisin expressed his disappointment, and also his inability, to avoid scrapping of quotas for Tokyo 2020 Olympics which were on offer during the World Cup in India. Singh though found some hope in one word which Lisin used during his inaugural speech while declaring the event open.
"The ISSF President used 'may' while addressing this issue during his speech. He said that because the Pakistani contingent has not been granted visas, we may not be able to award Olympic quotas here in this World Cup. There is history in IOC and of their tolerance of such issues. We are still hoping that the IOC, IOA, the government and the ISSF will be able to work out a formula where athletes who have come here are not left disappointed," Singh told India Today in an interview after the inauguration of the World Cup.
The international body's president, its secretary and Singh himself spent Thursday meeting officials of the government in their last-minute bid to avoid the complicated situation.
"There are limitations for everyone. These circumstances are extraordinary. Everyone knows what we are facing, the mood of the nation is known well right now. 503 athletes from 61 countries have got visas but this situation is out of our control. Above all, there is an Olympic charter which everyone has to follow.
The quotas will be redistributed in the forthcoming World Cups if taken away from the Delhi World Cup.
“It is unprecedented and unwarranted. Our hearts and minds are with the families of martyred soldiers," said Singh, who himself has been a politician too.
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