India’s chance to host future ISSF event in the country took a huge hit after The International Olympic Committee(IOC) decided not to entertain the country with regards to hosting events in the future, until and unless a written clearance from the government is obtained.
India had denied visas to two Pakistani shooters GM Bashir and Khalil Ahmed for the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack, the responsibility of which was taken by Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed. The Olympic committee also decided to revoke the Olympic qualification status for the men’s 25m rapid fire event after a request for the same was made by the National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) after its shooters couldn’t get visas for the said event.
“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 IOC said in a statement after its executive board meeting took place in Switzerland on Thursday.
“Since becoming aware of the issue and in spite of intense last-minute joint efforts by the IOC, the ISSF, the Indian National Olympic Committee 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 statement added.
As per the Olympic charter, equal treatment should be given to all participants in an event recognised by the IOC, no matter what the political differences the hosting country might have with one of the participating nations.
“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,” the statement further read.
Sporting ties between India and Pakistan haven’t been at its best in the past few years but an effect of the same wasn’t witnessed on multi-team events like the ISSF World Cup, Hockey World Cup or other ICC events. All the focus will be on the Sports Ministry and the Indian government whether they will be able to sort out the matter.