The International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) has reportedly postponed the New Delhi World Cup in wake of the Coronavirus threat. The decision was prompted by the spread of the COVID-19 virus and subsequent decision by the Government of India to restrict entry visas to the people coming from the most-affected countries.
The Government of India move would have barred the shooters who were to come from Italy, Iran, Japan and South Korea.
National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) were to host the ISSF World Cup in rifle, pistol and shotgun in New Delhi from March 15. The event now will separately be organised for rifle and pistol in May and shotgun in June, daily Tribune has reported.
Earlier, ISSF had also withdrawn ranking points from the New Delhi event. However, the shooters participating in the rescheduled events will be entitled for ranking points.
“Due to local restrictions relating to the COVID-19 virus introduced by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India, the organisers of the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi cannot guarantee the participation of all the athletes who would like to enter those competitions, ” Tribune has quoted from an ISSF statement.
“Therefore no ranking points can be earned at this World Cup. Still, it will be possible to achieve the MQS that can influence on athletes’ chances to get the desired Olympic Quota Places,” it added.
National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh has told the daily that the decision was taken in consultation with the International Olympic Committee. “The decision was taken in view of the extraordinary circumstances that we as a country and the world is facing now,” he said.
“The combined World Cup will now be held in two parts. One for the rifle and pistol competitions and one for the shotgun events, dates of which will be released shortly.”