The International Sports Shooting Federation (ISSF) hailed the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics 2020 by a year to 2021 amid the rising fear over the spread of Coronavirus pandemic. ISSF also supported for the new dates of the delayed Summer Games in a statement on Monday and confirmed all allocated quota places will remain valid. Also Read - Bugger Hasn't Spared Me! Ishqbaaaz Actor Shrenu Parikh Tests Positive For COVID-19, Hospitalised

“The ISSF has supported the proposal from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad from 23rd July to 8th August 2021,” the statement read, reports Xinhua news agency. Also Read - India's Limited-Overs Home Series Against England in September Set to be Postponed

According to the statement, the Tokyo 2020 berths that have already been taken will still be valid and the world shooting governing body will address to the IOC a proposal to follow the provision stipulated in 2017, which means 12 quotas, one in each event, will be allocated based on world rankings as of May 31, 2020. Also Read - Uncanny! Identical Twin Sisters From Noida Score Identical Marks in CBSE Class 12 Exams, Both Get 95.8%

The remaining 16 qualification quotas allocated to the European Shooting Confederation, which have not been awarded so far, can be won during the 2021 competitions.

“After a new deadline for the Olympic qualification has been agreed with the IOC, a schedule will be approved to determine the procedure of how to exchange and redistribute quota places, including those which will not be distributed by the IOC Tripartite Commission,” the statement added.

China has secured a full 10 quotas for pistol and rifle apiece for the first time in history after the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro in August 2019. The country has also obtained five slots in shotgun events.

Earlier, ISSF had also told athletes from member nations to take a call on their participation in the Tokyo Olympic Test Event.

India had pulled out of the upcoming shooting World Cup in Cyprus, citing the novel coronavirus threat there. While the scheduled combined rifle/pistol/shotgun ISSF World Cup, originally scheduled to be held from March 15-26 in New Delhi, was also pushed to May and June, the President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) – Raninder Singh had stated in a release.

(With Agency Inputs)