IOC withdraws Olympic places from India

Afp, New Delhi

23 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday cancelled places for the 2020 Tokyo Games shooting competition to be awarded at an event in India after the host country refused to give visas to Pakistani shooters.

India has accused Pakistan of involvement in a suicide bombing in Kashmir last week that killed 40 paramilitary soldiers and has vowed to "isolate" its arch-rival neighbour over the attack.

"This situation goes against the Fundamental Principles of the Olympic Charter," the IOC said in a statement.

Despite "last minute joint efforts" by the IOC, the Indian National Olympic Committee and shooting governing body the ISSF, "no solution has been found to allow the Pakistani delegation to enter India in time to compete," it added.

Sixteen qualifying places for the Tokyo Games were to be decided at the opening shooting World Cup event in New Delhi.

ISSF president Vladimir Lisin said these would now go to other qualifying events.