New Delhi, Feb 21: All the 16 Olympic quotas allotted to New Delhi World Cup were withdrawn owing to denial of visas to Pakistani shooters in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.
This was announced by the International Shooting Sports Federation president Vladimir Lisin during his address to the season-opening World Cup at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Pakistan shooters' participation in the tournament became the bone of contention since the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama killed more than 40 CRPF personnel last Thursday.
"The International Olympic Committee informed us this World Cup will not be included in the competitions for Olympic quotas. In this case, the quotas will be distributed in another World Cup. No one can be discriminated and we have to follow the IOC decision as part of the IOC family," Lisin said during his address.
National Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh, though, said that they are still looking for a resolution so that the quotas for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are not withheld.
"Nothing is canceled as of now. The status as of now is we don't know. We are waiting. There are meetings that are going on where the position is being assessed by the IOC and the government. Everyone is working very hard but it is a very peculiar position. It is a very unprecedented scenario and it is unfortunate," Raninder said.