The International Olympic Committee has come down hard on India after two Pakistani shooters were denied a visa to enter the country and participate in ISSF World Cup in New Delhi. India has taken this step in the wake of the Pulwama attack that left the whole nation in shock and anger. The responsibility of the attack was taken by Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed. The attack is one of the deadliest ever on Indian forces, it killed 40 CRPF jawans and left many injured. The IOC has now decided not to entertain India in talks related to hosting rights for future events, until and unless a written clearance from the government is obtained. Also Read - COVID-19: MHA Extends Visa of Foreigners Stranded in India Due to Pandemic Till August 31
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“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. Also Read - Shooting At San Jose Railyard, Several Killed, Shooter Dead | Details Here
“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 statement added.
“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.