ISSF World Cup 2019: IOC Suspends India's Right to Host Olympic Events For Not Granting Visa to Pakistani Shooters
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New Delhi, February 22: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended any further discussions with India on hosting any international event following India's refusal to grant visas to Pakistani shooters following Pulwama terror attack on February 14, 2019. The Committee also said that India cannot hold any international event until clear written guarantees are obtained from the Indian government on complying with the Indian Charter. List of Jawans Martyred in Pulwama Attack: Names and Photos of 40 CRPF Bravehearts Martyred in JeM Terror Strike in J&K.

India did not provide visas to Pakistani shooters for the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Delhi World Cup, in protest of the Pulwama terror attack that resulted in the loss of lives of 40 Indian CRPF jawans. The ISSF World Cup 2019 begins from Friday, February 22, 2019.

However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) warned India of dire consequences and said that India's decision to not provide visas to Pakistan shooters will affect the country's chances of hosting future international competitions. The committee said that India's refusal to grant visas to Pakistani shooters is in direct violation of the Olympic charter.

National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder on Thursday accepted the fact that India violated the Olympic Charter. However, he downplayed India's chances of hosting international events getting affected because of India's refusal to Pakistani shooters.

The ISSF statement on the India Pakistan tiff read: “ISSF World Cup in New Delhi faces an urgent situation as Pakistani athletes cannot get entry visas to participate in the competition, due to the terrorist attacks happened last days in India. The ISSF and the Organizing Committee of the competition are taking all efforts to solve the situation to avoid the discrimination of the Pakistani team. Besides that, the ISSF and the Organizing Committee are discussing the possible consequences for India as a host country for future international competitions, in all sports.”

Meanwhile, the chorus grows for India to boycott its scheduled match against Pakistan at the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup in England & Wales. The BCCI is considering boycotting Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup as a mark of protest after the Pulwama terror attack backed by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) operating from Pakistan, that resulted in the loss of lives of 40 Indian CRPF jawans.