The massive COVID-19 threat is currently pointing big fire shots and has brought the entire world to a standstill. After the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) has also been forced to cancel the upcoming Rifle/Pistol and Shotgun World Cups scheduled to be held in Delhi only due to the coronavirus threat. Earlier the tournament was scheduled to be held from March 15 to 26, but was then postponed to May, just four days before the start of the event.
Due to the massive lockdown in most parts of the world, the shooting World Cup was slated to be held in two parts, the Rifle and Pistol tournaments from May 5-13 and the Shotgun competitions were scheduled to start from June 2 to 9, which were later changed to May 20-29, before eventually everything getting cancelled. In consideration of the current situation, the ISSF and the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) were left with no choice but to cancel the event.
"Due to COVID-19 pandemic the New Delhi Organising Committee has been forced to cancel Rifle/Pistol and Shotgun World Cups. Both of these were due to take place in New Delhi," the ISSF said in an official statement.
It has also been learned that the NRAI was under extreme pressure to cancel the shooting World Cup in Delhi amidst these prevailing circumstances. Due to the coronavirus threat, the ISSF has also decided to suspend the combined World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, that was set to start from June 22 to July 3.
"The health and safety of our athletes, officials, staff and of all members of our shooting fraternity are absolutely paramount," the NRAI said in a statement.
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