The National Rifle Association of India is faced with the threat of losing the right to host the ISSF 2020 World Cup in Delhi if it fails to secure a guarantee from the Union Government to ensure visas for all the participants.
The NRAI has reportedly got this temporary reprieve after its president Raninder Singh, who is also a vice president in the International Shooting Sports Federation, has requested the world governing body for some time to salvage the situation.
The ISSF executive last week has granted India time till August to comply with the Olympic charter by ensuring visas to all the participants.
India has lost several international events’ hosting rights after the country had denied visas to the Pakistani shooters, who were to participate in the ISSF World Cup in the Capital last month.
The event also had to lose its Olympic quota status for the 25-metre rapid first pistol competition, which were to feature the Pakistani shooters. The International Wrestling Federation had since moved the Junior Asian Championships out of India earlier this month.
“We had asked for the time (to comply with the Olympic Charter) and we got it,” NRAI president Raninder Singh has told national daily Times Of India.
“Since the IOC decision is not limited to shooting, the guarantee must come from the government through the IOA.”