The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has obvious to “suspend all discussions” with India, in regards to hosting of global sporting events after Pak shooters were not issued Visas for World Cup in New Delhi.
The Olympic qualification status was a withdrawal by the Olympic committee, for men’s 25m rapid fire event from the World Cup because of Visas rejection to Pakistani shooters in wake of recent Pulwama terror strike, in which 40 army personnel has lost their lives.
The IOC assures that it won’t permit India to organize any Olympic-related events in future unless written permissions are obtained from the Indian government.
The two Pak shooters, who have participated in the tournament had been doubtful after the deadly terror attack been reported.
Its decision comes hours after ISSF (International Shooting Sports Federation) President Vladimir Lisin has declared that all the allotted 12 Olympic quotas for 2020 Games would be eliminated. However, the top sporting-unit has limited the withhold of quotas to only two while retained 14.
On Thursday, after its executive board meeting in Switzerland’s Lausanne, the IOC said: “The IOC restricted the withdrawal of recognition as an Olympic qualification event to the 25m rapid fire pistol competition in which the two Pakistani athletes were supposed to participate. 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 statement made by IOC continued, “Since becoming aware of the issue and in spite of intense last-minute joint efforts by the IOC, the ISSF and the Indian National Olympic Committee (NOC), and discussions with the Indian government authorities, no solution has been found to allow the Pakistani delegation to enter India in time to compete.”
The IOC came down heavily on India for acting against the Olympic charter.
The International Olympic Committee further said that “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 sports events, without any form of discrimination or political interference from the host country.”
“As a result, the IOC executive board also decided to suspend all discussions with the Indian NOC and government regarding the potential applications for hosting future sports and Olympic-related events in India, until clear written guarantees are obtained from the Indian government to ensure the entry of all participants in such events in full compliance with the rules of the Olympic charter – and to recommend that the international federations (IFs) neither award nor hold sports events in India until the above-mentioned guarantees are obtained,” added the IOC.
On Wednesday, the Pakistan shooting federation has requested ISSF to not offer any quota places in the events as their shooters were scheduled to take part in 2020 Games.
Pakistan had also applied for visas for two Pak shooters- Khalil Ahmed, and GM Bashir- in rapid-fire category as the event taking place in New Delhi further served as a qualifier for 2020 Olympic Games.