Pulwama attack: International Olympic Committee wants India isolated after Pak sportsmen denied visa

Pulwama attack: International Olympic Committee wants India isolated after Pak sportsmen denied visa

India also received a warning from the International Olympic Committee past year when it refused a visa to a boxer from Kosovo, which New Delhi does not recognise as a state, to take part in the women's world championships in the Indian capital.

That particular event had two Olympic quotas on offer, which have been scrapped by the IOC following a written request by the National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) on Wednesday. This time around its seems that Indians have fallen victim to their own conspiracy, denying the visa to Pakistan shooters.

International Olympic Committee said, "After this, the executive board of the International Olympic Committee made a decision to postpone all matters with India so that in the future the Games and the Olympics related events in India could not be hosted". The IOC also urged all global sports federations not to hold events in India, or grant hosting rights to the country for future competitions, until the government had provided "clear written guarantees" to ensure access for all athletes.

After it became clear that the Pakistani shooters would not be granted visas by the Indian high commission in Islamabad on Thursday, NRAI president Raninder Singh sought the help of International Olympic Committee member in India, Randhir Singh - who was in Hangzhou, China - and IOA president Narinder Batra to open a dialogue with Bach and request him to take a sympathetic view of the whole situation. All of those negotiations will be put on hold at the moment. "I can't see other member countries accepting that", he said while speaking to India Today. "This happened in the interest of the other 500 athletes from 61 countries participating in the other events who are already in India for their competition", the International Olympic Committee said in a statement after its executive board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday. The other two Indian shooters in this event, Bhavesh Shekhawat and Gurpreet Singh, are shooting only for the minimum qualification score and are not going to be eligible for either medals or Olympic quotas. "We are also grateful to them for institution of steps to participate subsequently and try to qualify for the two quota places".

IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta talking to Reuters stated that it was a big setback for the country. "IOC has asked us to distribute the Olympic quotas at different World Cup".

Ghulam Mustafa and Khalil were due to participate in the 25m event on Saturday in which two places at next year's Tokyo Olympics were meant to be at stake.

Pointing out that the issue will have to be dealt with at the government level, Rao hoped that the impasse will be resolved soon.

The competition is being held in India from 20 February to 28 February.

The ISSF World Cup, which was officially opened today, will have wide television coverage with some 78 countries on four continents having a chance to follow the competitions. "This has happened again, only because of stupidity by some official", Smirnov, who coached the likes of Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar and Jitu Rai, said.



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