New Delhi : India will not be allowed to conduct any Olympic related events in future as told by the Olympic Committee.
The International Olympic Committee or IOC has decided to suspend all discussions with India regarding the hosting of global sporting events after Pakistani shooters were not issued visas for the World Cup in New Delhi.
The Olympic committee also revoked the Olympic qualification status for the men’s 25m rapid fire event from the New Delhi World Cup due to denial to visas to the Pakistani shooters in the wake of last week’s Pulwama terror attack in which over 40 paramilitary soldiers were killed.
The IOC said it will not allow India to organize any Olympic-related events in the future, unless written assurances are obtained from the government.
The IOC’s decision comes hours after international Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) President Vladimir Lisin announced that all the allotted 16 Olympic quotas for the 2020 Games would be scrapped. However, the top sporting body limited the withholding of quotas to only two while retaining 14.
The International Olympic Committee came down heavily on India for going against the Olympic charter.
“This situation goes against the fundamental principles of the Olympic charter, in particular the principles of non-discrimination, as well as the IOC’s and the Olympic movement’s position, reiterated on many occasions over the past few years, that equal treatment must be guaranteed for all participating athletes and sporting delegations at international sport events, without any form of discrimination or political interference from the host country.
The Pakistan shooting federation had written to the ISSF requesting not to offer quota places in the events their shooters were scheduled to participate in.
Pakistan had applied for visas for two shooters – GM Bashir and Khalil Ahmed – in the rapid fire category as the event in New Delhi also served as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games.