Owing to the 21-day nationwide lockdown in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the shooting World Cup, which was scheduled to be held in the national capital in May was on Monday canceled like most major events around the globe. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0

The World Cup, originally scheduled to be held from March 15-26, was postponed to May barely four days before the start of the event. Also Read - On First Day of Last Week of Lockdown 4.0, India Reopens Its Skies; Highest Single-Day Spike of 6,977 Recorded | 10 Points

In a statement issued by ISSF, it read, “Due to COVID-19 pandemic the New Delhi Organising Committee has been forced to cancel Rifle/Pistol and Shotgun World Cups. Both of these were due to take place in New Delhi.” Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: State Govt Releases 2257 Convicts on Parole For 8 Weeks to Decongest jails

It was decided to hold the tournament in two parts — Rifle and Pistol competitions from May 5-12, while Shotgun competitions from June 2-9.

However, considering the situation, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) decided to cancel the tournament.

PTI had earlier reported that the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) was under pressure to not organise the tournament in the prevailing circumstances.

The World Cup series will be also as the qualification tournaments for the 2020 Olympic Games. India emerged as the most successful nation in the series, topping the medal table in all Rifle-Pistol World Cups and Finals.

Meanwhile, most of the major sporting events are being canceled or postponed. The Olympics has also been postponed by a year.

(With PTI inputs)